Today is Workers’ Memorial Day, one of the biggest days in workplace health and safety, and there will be events around the world (and most likely right in your own community) honouring workers killed, disabled, injured or harmed at work.
As we know, every day 12 American workers go to work and never come home as a result of workplace fatalities. On a global level, as we learned once again from the tragic situation in Dhaka, Bangladesh reminds us, the statistics are disheartening. Basically, someone dies on the job every 15 seconds. That’s more people dying at work than fighting wars.
And as EHS Today points out, the National Council for Safety and Health (National COSH) has released a report in advance of Worker’s Memorial Day. The document links personal stories of workplace tragedy with data on government health and safety statistics to highlight the need for us all to work harder to avoid preventable workplace fatalities.
So today is a great opportunity to take pause and consider what you can do to improve the health and safety conditions of your workplace and to remember those who have been killed or injured at work in the past year.
(Pictured: Amicus Workers Memorial Tree, with floral tributes, Astley Park, Chorley, Lancashire by Joshthetree.)