A life-threatening emergency can happen at any time, including at a workplace during a normal business day. When one does, it falls to co-workers and managers to keep the victim alive, until emergency medical assistance can arrive. Last year, 16 individuals received lifesaving or humanitarian recognition.

Each year in our state, there are inspiring stories of individuals and work groups who go above and beyond while on the job to save a person’s life. And state officials are asking to hear those stories. 

It is time now through June 30 to nominate workplace heroes for 2017 Governor’s Lifesaving Awards, a program administered by Department of Labor & Industries. Nomination forms are available on the web and the awards will be presented during the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma on Sept. 20th.

All workers covered by the state workers’ compensation system or a self-insured employer are eligible for the awards, so long as the nominee performed “hands-on” aid in saving a life. A humanitarian award may be presented to persons who, despite their best efforts, were unable to save the life of a victim.