Nominations Being Accepted for 2018 Governor's Lifesaving Awards in Washington State

To be eligible, the life-saving incidents must have occurred during work hours and must have taken place between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2018. The deadline for nominations is June 30.

In Washington state, the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board presents awards to workplace heroes at its annual conference. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Governor's Lifesaving Awards. Nomination forms are available at

"Many people spend nearly as much time at work as they do at home, so when a life-threatening emergency happens, it's often other workers who must provide critical, immediate aid. That quick action can be the difference between life or death," the state's Department of Labor & Industries noted in the announcement. "There are several workplace lifesavers in Washington every year; this is a chance to help them get the recognition they deserve for their heroic actions. Last year, Angela Salgado, an Olive Garden server, received the award for saving two customers from choking. John Gabelein, an elementary school teacher, was honored for administering CPR to a mother who collapsed while dropping off her child."

To be eligible, the life-saving incidents must have occurred during work hours and must have taken place between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2018. The deadline for nominations is June 30.

All workers covered by the state workers' compensation system or by a self-insured employer are eligible. The nominee must have performed "hands-on" aid. For law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and other similar professions, the life-saving action must be above and beyond the call of duty. A humanitarian award is available for people who, despite their best efforts, were unable to save the victim's life.

Award recipients will be featured guests at the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference on Sept. 26-27 at the Spokane Convention Center. The Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the department sponsor the event.

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