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Workers’ Memorial Day Increases Awareness With New Website

Posted in: Employer Negligence Workplace Injuries 

Sunday 28th April is Workers’ Memorial Day, the day on which we remember the thousands of lives lost or affected due to workplace accidents or ill health.   

The day also coincides with the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which is marked by the International Labour Organization to help raise awareness of occupational accidents and industrial diseases around the world.   

Workers’ Memorial Day is an internationally recognised event which gives people across the world the chance to remember those who were killed or seriously injured while doing their job or who suffered work-related ill health, such as asbestos-related conditions.   

There are dozens of permanent memorials to lost workers around the UK, some commemorating high-profile disasters that claimed the lives of many workers, and others remembering lesser-known accidents in which a few people were killed. There have been many more accidents that are not officially marked and are only remembered by grieving families, colleagues and employers. 

To raise awareness of the memorial sites, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ National Occupational Safety and Health Committee (NOSHC) initiated the creation of a website to provide comprehensive information about them. The site, which was launched in 2010, can be accessed via www.rospa.com/occupationalsafety/memorial/

It includes details of the locations of memorials from plaques to pillars, as well as photographs, details of temporary commemorative sites, links to other sources of information and a diary of events. 

In 2011/12, more than 12,000 people died prematurely as a result of work-related health damage and a staggering 1.1million working people suffered from an illness caused or made worse by work,” said Roger Bibbings MBE, RoSPA’s occupational safety adviser. “We should never forget the massive impact which these individual tragedies have on families who, as a result, suddenly find themselves grieving or having to care for an injured loved one.

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