Whether saving workers from electrical fires, rescuing a family from a sinking boat in Lake Chelan or administering the Heimlich maneuver, Washington workers show again and again that they’re ready to step up and provide critical aid to people in desperate need.
This week, 16 workers will be honored for their lifesaving efforts. The men and women will receive the Governor’s Lifesaving Award and will be featured guests at the 65th Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference on Sept. 28 and 29 at the Spokane Convention Center.
The inspiring stories involve workers from around the state who stepped in during otherwise normal workdays, to save someone’s life. In some instances these heroes saved nearby coworkers, and in others they helped complete strangers in dire situations.
The awards are presented to workers in Washington who saved a life while on the job. Award winners must have performed “hands-on” aid in saving a life. For law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other similar professions, the lifesaving action cannot be part of their normal job responsibilities; it must be above and beyond the call of duty.
The Lifesaving Awards will be presented by KREM 2 news anchor Laura Papetti during a luncheon on Sept. 29. Recipients are selected by a committee of business and labor representatives. A complete list of award recipients is available online.
The conference, sponsored by the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), includes safety demonstrations, workshops, and special events like the Annual Forklift Rodeo and the Annual Poletop Rescue Competition.
People can attend the luncheon separately or as part of the conference. The luncheon costs $25. There will also be audience seating available at no charge.
Space is still available at the conference. Visit the conference website for more information or to register.