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This newsletter highlights events and programs offered through the Missouri Department of Labor.

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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963, was a crucial moment in our nation’s history for civil rights. The country was at a crossroads for change and equality. The historic march drew more than a quarter million people who convened on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial, and captured the attention of billions worldwide.

August 28, 2013, marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech at the March on Washington. To commemorate the important date of remembrance, the state of Missouri participated in National “Let Freedom Ring” Day with a program on the grounds of the Missouri State Capitol. The day’s program included musical selections, poetry, and a reading of the historic “I Have A Dream” speech.

You can view a recap of the event here as well as photos from the event.

To carry on Dr. King’s mission today, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights develops and implements ways to eliminate and prevent discrimination in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation.

The Commission investigates complaints of discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, age (in employment only), and familial status (in housing only).

If you believe you have been discriminated against, you can take our complaint assessment to help you decide if the Commission has jurisdiction over your complaint. If so, you can then fill out a complaint questionnaire with the Commission.

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Safety Stand Down on Fall Hazards

Safety Stand Down on Fall Hazards

The Department partnered with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to conduct a Safety Stand Down on Fall Hazards at worksites across the state September 3. Approximately 89 businesses and 4,500 workers in Missouri participated in the Stand Down by taking 15 to 30 minutes to focus on fall prevention training on their worksites.

“By working proactively with businesses, we can prevent accidents before they happen,” said Julie Gibson, Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Labor. “Decreasing the amount of workplace accidents helps protect the livelihoods of Missouri workers while reducing costs for businesses.”

Alberici hosted the launch event for the Safety Stand Down on Fall Hazards at their worksite for the new St. Mary’s Health Center. Several special guests including Senator Gina Walsh, president of the Missouri State Building & Construction Trades Council; Marcia Drumm, OSHA’s Acting Regional Administrator; Tim Gunn, projector director for Alberici; and Tony Houston, COO of St. Mary’s, stressed the importance of safety and thanked workers and businesses for their dedication to staying safe on the job. A safety training provided by OSHA’s Michael Minicky was then presented to more than 180 workers at the worksite. 

The training included information about fall protection systems, and equipment safety.

In addition to the Safety Stand Down on Fall Hazards training, the Department’s On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program is available to help businesses in making Missouri workplaces safer while avoiding costly penalties.

The Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program offers free, confidential safety and health advice to small and medium-sized businesses across the state. Consultants work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. In 2012, Missouri’s On-Site Consultation Program conducted more than 650 visits to worksites and found 6,751 hazards. By correcting the hazards, small businesses saved more than $5.7 million in potential penalties.

To request an On-Site Consultation for your business, visit www.labor.mo.gov/safe or call 573-522-SAFE.

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Mine Rescue Competition

Mine & Cave Safety Program

The Division of Labor Standards' Mine and Cave Safety and Health Section will be working with the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to judge the 31st Annual Mine Rescue Contest in Rolla, Mo., September 25-26.

It is the nation's longest running underground competition, and provides participating teams the opportunity to compete in an actual underground environment. The teams compete in possible scenarios that could happen if they were really called into action. They all have one goal in mind: saving the miners' lives.

Entry to the competition is limited to 14 teams. There will be five teams competing from Missouri, and teams from various states including Illinois, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. This regional event is sponsored by the Missouri Mine Rescue Association and the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The Missouri Department of Labor’s Mine and Cave Safety Program along with MSHA created the competition, which includes a safety course and a written exam.

You can check out a recap video from last year’s competition, and stay tuned to our website for the results of this year’s competition!

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