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Remembering the Importance of Safety this International Workers Memorial Day

28 April 2018
 April 28, 2018

Today workers around the world come together and show solidarity in remembrance of those who have been killed or injured at work.

Every year more people are said to lose their lives as a result of accidents in the workplace than in wars. Sadly, many of these accidents could be prevented, which is why highlighting the importance of employee safety is so vital.

Recognised on April 28th – International Worker’s Memorial Day aims to raise public awareness of safety in the workplace and campaign for measures to increase protection, including stricter enforcement of regulations and higher penalties for breaches.

To mark the day, a series of events, demonstrations and vigils will be taking place along across the globe, with some observing a minute’s silence.

Why is International Workers Memorial Day important?

The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates the following:

  • 78 million men and women globally die every year as a result of work related accidents and diseases
  • Annually there are around 374 million non-fatal work-related injuries
  • On average 7,600 workers are killed a day – that’s about one every 11 seconds

According to the Health and Safety Executive in Great Britain during 2016-17 there were:

  • 137 work-related fatalities and 609,000 non-fatal injuries
  • 2 million working days lost due to work-related ill health and injury
  • 175,000 workplace injuries resulting in over 7-days absence

It’s estimated that the cost of injuries and ill-health from current working conditions amounts to £14.9 billion, however it’s impossible to put a figure on the human cost involved and the lives which are changed forever.