Iowans will gather Friday to pay tribute and to reflect upon Iowa workers who lost their lives while working during the annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony in Des Moines. During calendar year 2013, 61 Iowans died from injuries sustained while working, including one Iowan who died while serving in the military. Additionally, untold numbers of Iowans are injured from exposures in the workplace. The family and friends of the deceased have been invited to this annual ceremony. The event will be held at 11 a.m. at Iowa Workforce Development, 1000 E Grand Ave. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Wallace Building Auditorium located west of the Iowa Workforce Building at 502 E. 9th Street, said Iowa Labor Commissioner Michael Mauro. “Workers Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember Iowans who have died in Iowa’s workplaces and serving in our military in the past year,” he said. “This is also a day to reflect on the lives that were lost and to renew our commitment to workers safety and health in the workplace.”


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