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.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates the following:
According to the Health and Safety Executive in Great Britain during 2016-17 there were:
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.