Region pays respect to those who lost their lives at work

27 Apr 2012

Today, Regional Secretary, Tim Roache and Health & Safety Officer, Colin Kirkham, signalled a minute’s silence with a new memorial bell at GMB’s regional office.  Staff and officers paid respect to the thousands of workers who had died during the course of their employment.

This Saturday unions and safety campaigners around the world will be marking Workers’ Memorial Day and remembering the two million men and women who die every year as a result of work-related accidents and diseases.

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

In the UK over 20,000 people die prematurely every year as a result of injuries or accidents caused by their work. This weekend, in towns and cities across the country, people will gather to remember the many victims. As well as remembering the dead, the day also serves as a reminder that workplace-related deaths are not inevitable and can be prevented.