Your Legal Friend is supporting Workers Memorial Day 2015. Everywhere up and down the country, and all over the world, people will gather together on Tuesday 28th April 2015 to commemorate those who have died as a result of their work, where their employers have simply failed to recognise health and safety as a priority.
Each year over 20,000 people are killed at work, not just in accidents, but as a result of workplace or work practice that is unhealthy and unsafe.
The day will be marked by international events, demonstrations and vigils as well as other activities in memory of those who have died. The day is also intended to serve as a rallying cry to “remember the dead, but fight for the living”.
This year, the theme for the day is "Removing exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace". Hazardous substances are found in almost every workplace in the UK. Many workers have no protection against the possible effects of exposure to such substances. This signifies a blatant disregard for workers’ health and safety by employers, even despite the fact that tens of thousands of workers have their health destroyed by asthma, dermatitis, lung disorders and cancers because of exposures. Here in Britain, even now, we are at the peak of a Mesothelioma epidemic. There are more Mesothelioma deaths here than in any other country on the planet. With an annual toll of about 2,500, more than twice as many people die of the disease as die in road traffic accidents.
This is why Your Legal Friend will be supporting Workers Memorial Day next Tuesday. We still need tighter regulation, greater capacity for inspections within industries, and comprehensive training for employers not just employees. The toll on workers’ health means shows clearly why this is still needed.
For events near you supporting Workers Memorial Day please visit the TUC website https://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-issues/health-and-safety/workers-memorial-day.