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Workers’ Memorial Day 2017 - April 28th

Workers’ Memorial Day 2017 - April 28th

The 28th April 2017 marks a special day for all of those who have an interest in health and safety and welfare of people at work, as we commemorate those fatally or seriously injured in workplace accidents throughout Ireland and indeed across the world.

The date marks the anniversary of the introduction of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in 1970 in the US and commemorates the day of a construction accident in Connecticut that claimed 28 lives. Since then, Workers’ Memorial Day has become the international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

In Ireland the figures are staggering. In the 3 year period between 2014 and 2016, 156 people were killed in work-related accidents and thousands more badly injured. Last year alone 45 people were killed. These are shocking statistics by any standards.

Worker safety and health is everyone’s business and can only be tackled through a collaborative approach. By working together to promote and create a positive safety and health culture in workplaces we will achieve a significant drop in these dreadful numbers. We all have a responsibility to make sure that happens.

One work place or work related death, accident or illness is simply one too many and the focus in a recovering economy must be for a safe working environment for all to ensure employees return home each day unharmed.

Friday April 28th is an important national day and an opportunity to remember and to consolidate everyone’s focus on the issue of worker health and safety. Presentations and toolbox talks promoting a positive safety culture will take place on all of our active sites.

Here at Glan Agua and MEIC we’re asking staff to mark Friday 28th April by making the commitment to contribute to this essential challenge, by simply using the official Workers’ Memorial Day Ireland Logo on presentations or email signatures..

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