Department of Labor Honors Fallen Workers
The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, along with members of the 97th General Assembly, honored 83 workers who lost their lives in the workplace during 2014 at the annual Missouri Workers’ Memorial Ceremony on April 22.
“No person should have to give their life for their job,” said Missouri Department of Labor Director Ryan McKenna. “Today, we recognized 83 families who laid to rest a father, mother, husband, or wife. Businesses and workers need to work together to ensure no family experiences this loss.”
The Missouri Workers’ Memorial Ceremony is an annual event that began in 2009. It includes tributes to those who so tragically died while performing their jobs and serves as a reminder of the importance to for workplace safety measures.
Speakers at this year’s event included Missouri Department of Labor Director Ryan McKenna, Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt, Missouri State Senator David Pearce and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Representative Jacob Hummel.
More than 60 family members gathered in the Capitol Rotunda to remember their loved ones at this year’s event. McKenna presented the Missouri Workers’ Virtual Memorial, a slideshow featuring photographs of the fallen workers with personal messages from their families. Pearce delivered a message of hope and presented each family with a dogwood sapling in honor of their loved one. The Boone County Fire Protection District Pipes and Drums accompanied the presentation with their bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace, and the Missouri Department of Corrections’ Color Guard presented the national and state flags.
The ceremony is in observance of Workers’ Memorial Day, an annual national day of remembrance that takes place April 28. This day of remembrance has occurred in the United States since 1989.The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations offers free safety training to Missouri employers and encourages all businesses to incorporate the Workers’ Memorial theme, “Safe Jobs Save Lives”, in their workplace. To learn more about the Department’s free safety programs, visit www.labor.mo.gov/onsite or call 573-522-SAFE.