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Workers Memorial Day 2013

4 April 2013

Workers' Memorial Day has always been an important day for the many individuals and organisations who commemorate it each year, including bereaved families, campaign organisations and Trade Unions. Workers' Memorial Day gained official recognition by the last Labour Government which took effect on 28 April 2010. Official recognition underlines the significance of the day and the importance of ensuring good health and safety at work. Workers' Memorial Day serves as a fitting reminder to workers and employers of the need to have safe and healthy working conditions.

Workers’ Memorial Day Ribbon

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 commemorates those workers.

Workers’ Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year, all over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.

Events will be taking place up and down the country, organised by Trade Unions and many others.

Although the key aim of good health and safety management is preventing people from being killed or injured in the first place, it is an inescapable fact that every day across the world scores of people die in workplace accidents and many thousands more are seriously injured or made ill - often as a direct result of their employer's negligence. It is vitally important that these people - and the terrible fates that have befallen them - are remembered, not just because we should always commemorate the dead in some way, but also because the very act of commemorating people who have been killed at work provides a sharp reminder to us all to strive to make every workplace - and every job - safer and healthier.

Workers’ Memorial Day events on 28 April commemorates the many thousands of people who have died, been injured or made ill by their work, and will see bereaved families, workers, trade unions and employers in most countries organising events, demonstrations and vigils to "remember the dead - but also to fight for the living".

In the UK, there will be rallies and wreath-laying events in many major towns and cities, and for those of us nearby and able to attend, these provide a chance to pay our respects and perhaps reflect on what else can be done to protect both ourselves and others who could find themselves in danger at work.