Nationally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says more than 1 million people are injured on the job every year, and more than 4,500 lose their lives.
Robinson says workplace safety has been a particular challenge recently in light of state budget cuts which have affected his department and most others.
“Many times, we work shorthanded – and quite often, they have to do the best they can and we don’t have, sometimes, adequate staffing to care for those who need the care. In fact, we have over 90 vacant positions here at the hospital.”
The Lakewood ceremony is to start at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the hospital, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW. A Workers’ Memorial Day ceremony was held in Everett on Wednesday. In addition to the Lakewood event, others are coming up today in Tumwater, Friday in Bellingham and Seattle, and Saturday in Spokane. A calendar with details on the Washington ceremonies is online at thestand.org.