carstickerwmdThis year the TUC is coordinating a range of events across Britain to mark those who have lost their lives or health as a result of their work, to step up the call for improvement in workplace occupational health and safety and for a safer working environment. Hazards campaign resources available. 

What's Workers’ Memorial Day?

Around the world, every year more    people are killed at work than in wars. Most don't die of mystery ailments, or in tragic "accidents".  They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn't that important a priority.

Workers' Memorial Day takes place every April 28th - as an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

The slogan for the day is:

Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living

Supported by both the TUC and the government's Health & Safety Commission

National recognition of the day has been campaigned for in recent years and is now achieved.

Ensure that tragedies are not repeated:

  • highlight the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and ill health.
  • promote campaigns and union organisation in the fight for improvements in workplace safety.

When employers fail to:

  • conduct risk assessments
  • take appropriate preventative or controlling measures
  • or they are negligent with workers’ health & safety

- They must be held to account.

Last year, 106,000 suffered   work-related illness or injury.

2,156 people died from mesothelioma (cancer due to asbestos), thousands more from occupational cancers, lung diseases, or while commuting.

Asbestos– hidden killer

www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos