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International Workers' Memorial Day

by In Wales Thu Apr 28th, 2011 at 07:07:08 PM EST

I'm slightly out of time getting this diary up (IWMD was the 28th) - cross posted from my personal blog.

Today is International Workers' Memorial Day, honouring all the people who have lost their lives due to workplace accidents and industrial disease.

From the TUC Press release:

Every year around the world more people are killed at work than in  wars and conflict. In the UK alone, 152 workers were killed in 2009-2010  according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The TUC believes  most die because employers have not made safety and well-being at work  enough of a priority.
IWMD - held on 28 April every year - commemorates those people who  have been killed whilst at work, and all over the world workers organise  events, demonstrations and vigils to mark the day.

Wales TUC held an event today, with First Minister Carwyn Jones unveiling a permanent memorial to workers from Wales who have lost their lives at work.

Two speakers told their stories of family members who they had lost through accidents at work, and the lengthy battles that they embarked on to try to seek some justice for their loved ones.

It takes courage and bloodymindedness to fight a long battle in the courts, and I have utmost respect for those families who have done so and keep up the campaign to remind us all why health and safety is so important in workplaces, especially in the face of threats to cut regulations that protect people at work.

One of images I took particularly hit me. I just found the grief to be palpable, the pain still so visible.  It's a very real reminder of why trade unions are so crucial when it comes to helping protect people's rights, and how we can never be complacent about what we have.

Remember the dead, fight for the living.

Good diary. Worth remembering. We need stronger laws to hold businesses and responsible persons within them accountable for murderous business practices.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue May 3rd, 2011 at 06:43:30 AM EST
In the UK alone, 152 workers were killed in 2009-2010  according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

I take road traffic deaths during work, in particular lorry and taxi drivers, and deaths from chemicals or radiation aren't even included, only accidents at fixed workplaces. TUC refers to "around the world" but didn't include the international news release, which includes these details:

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2011 - Worldwide events to focus on safety and health management systems for prevention and control of risks at work

According to ILO data, an estimated 337 million workplace accidents and 2.3 million deaths occur every year, with some 6,300 deaths per day.

This leads further to this pdf from 2009, which says:

The ILO estimates that each year about 2.3 million men and women die from work-related accidents and diseases including close to 360,000 fatal accidents and an estimated 1.95 million fatal workrelated diseases.

...Hazardous substances cause an estimated 651,000 deaths, mostly in the developing world. These numbers may be greatly under-estimated due to inadequate reporting and notification systems in many countries.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed May 4th, 2011 at 07:56:31 AM EST

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