Workers' Memorial Day
Nationwide, thousands of workers lose their lives and millions more are injured because of work-related incidents. Although working conditions have improved over the years, the death toll is still enormous. It’s important to remember that many workplace deaths could be prevented with increased safety measures and emergency plans.
Every year, the Missouri Department of Labor pays tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on the job by coming together with families, friends, colleagues, and legislators.
The Department holds a ceremony in the capitol city to honor the Missouri workers who lost their lives. This year’s Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at noon Monday, April 22, 2013, in the Capitol Rotunda. Nationwide, these workers are remembered April 28, Workers' Memorial Day.
The Department plans to commission a memorial to remember Missouri’s fallen workforce and the importance of workplace safety. However, until enough funds are made available to build a physical memorial, a video featuring messages from family members is made to create a virtual memorial to honor the Missouri men and women who went to work and never returned. The 2013 video memorial will be available to the families online.
"He loved life and was everyone's friend," said one Missouri mother about her son. “His smile, kindness, his laugh and his love for his family will always be remembered. He was a hardworking man with so many big dreams. You're forever in our hearths and we miss you so much.”
The Workers’ Memorial Fund was 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. The memorial will be located on the grounds of the state capitol. You can donate a portion of your income tax return to the Workers’ Memorial Fund when filing your taxes. Requests for information and contributions may be made at any time to: Workers’ Memorial Fund, ATTN: Office of Administration, 301 West High Street, Room 570, Jefferson City, MO 65101, or by visiting State of Missouri Workers' Memorial Trust Fund.
You can also join the social conversation with other families who have lost loved ones and "like" the Missouri Workers' Memorial Wall on Facebook. You can post memories and photos of your loved ones and discuss the importance of workplace safety.