We’ll be remembering all those workers who’ve been killed or injured in work-related accidents on international workers’ memorial day, which takes place next Wednesday (28th April). Along with trade unions across Europe, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has adopting the theme ‘workplace health and safety – it’s your right’ to highlight the need for robust health and safety practices in all workplaces.
This year’s memorial day will feature a commemorative wreath-laying ceremony to remember all those who have been killed, injured, or made ill at work. An online event will be broadcast on ICTU’s social media platforms at noon on Wednesday.
Worker safety and health is everyone’s business and can only be tackled through a collaborative approach. New figures from the Health and Safety Authority show that there were 490 work related-deaths in Ireland between 2010 and 2019.
International workers’ memorial day presents an important opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives or sustained injuries at work, and place health and safety center stage in the workplace.