Labor Department Establishes Online Memorial to Honor Deceased Workers
On April 28, the Missouri Labor Department paid tribute to 116 workers who lost their lives on the job in 2009. This nationwide observance is called Workers Memorial Day, and every year on this day, thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the nation recognize workers who have been killed or injured on the job.
Although the official ceremony has ended, the Department continues this observance through an online memorial honoring the deceased workers. The online tribute is available at http://www.labor.mo.gov/rememberworkers/.
The Workers Memorial Web page features a video of the April 28 Workers Memorial ceremony, and a slide show that pays tribute to each who died on the job last year. Also, a Workers’ Memorial Trust Fund has been established to create a permanent memorial for all workers who suffered a job related death or injuries that resulted in a permanent disability while on the job in Missouri. When sufficient funds are accumulated, the memorial will be located on the grounds of the state capitol. Requests for information and contributions may be made at any time by visiting http://dor.mo.gov/tax/trustfunds.htm#workers.