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Remembering those hit by workplace accidents

Posted in: Workplace Injuries 

The UK will unite in quiet reflection this Sunday – Workers’ Memorial Day – to remember thousands of lives lost or affected due to workplace accidents or industrial disease. Sunday, 28th April, is also World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is highlighting the day, and the many memorials to workers who have lost their lives in accidents, great and small, around the country.

In 2010 it launched a website – www.rospa.com/occupationalsafety/memorial/ – detailing the locations of memorials of all types, as well as photographs, details of temporary commemorative sites, links to other sources of information and a diary of events. Roger Bibbings MBE, RoSPA’s occupational safety adviser said:

“In 2011/12, more than 12,000 people died prematurely as a result of work-related health damage and a staggering 1.1 million working people suffered from an illness caused or made worse by work. 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.”

“The list of memorials on our website is just a small step towards acknowledging this loss to society and a reminder that RoSPA still has much to do to deliver its mission, which is to ‘save lives and reduce injuries’. At a time when we are all under pressure, let us hope that Workers’ Memorial Day can provide the added impetus needed to ensure that good health and safety management is not just maintained, but extended to all workplaces throughout the UK.”


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