JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, along with members of the 100th General Assembly, honored the 111 individuals that lost their lives in the workplace during 2018 at the annual Missouri Workers' Memorial Day Ceremony today.
"While we as a society have made great strides to improve workplace safety, we are gathered today to honor the memories of husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters," said Anna Hui, Director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. "We must honor them with our commitment to do more to improve workplace safety throughout the state."
Families of the deceased gathered at the Department's Jefferson City Dunklin Street office to remember their loved ones. Director Hui presented each family with a proclamation from Governor Michael Parson along with a flowering dogwood sapling to represent the Department's commitment to workplace safety. The Missouri Department of Corrections' Color Guard presented the national and state flags. Special guest speakers included Mark Stringer, Director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health and Tricia Orscheln, owner/operator of Tree of Hope Counseling and Wellness Center.
The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations offers free safety training to Missouri employers and encourages all businesses to incorporate workplace safety into their everyday tasks. To learn more about the Department's free safety programs visit safeatwork.mo.gov or call 573-522-SAFE.