Managers and decision-makers operating in sectors such as heavy industry, are well-versed in the importance of managing incidents, responding to emergencies, producing workable site-based emergency response planning procedures as well as safeguarding the safety of their workforce and local community. But it is important to reflect and remember those who have been injured at work, due to inadequate health and safety procedures.
This is why the British Safety Council took the time to recognise occupational accidents on Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28th 2018.
The day serves to recognise those who have been injured, made ill, and maimed at work, and provides a platform for the British Safety Council to renew its pledge to fight for workers by raising awareness of safety concerns in the workplace, as well as public awareness of the importance of best practice for health and safety.
In 2018, the theme for Workers’ Memorial Day was ‘Unionised workplaces are safer workplaces’ and focused on the difference unions can make in preventing deaths in the workplace, while celebrating four decades of union health and safety representatives.
In conjunction with Workers’ Memorial Day, the British Safety Council also recognised World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which puts workplace health and safety on a public platform in a bid to prevent occupational accidents. This year, the event joined forces with World Day Against Child Labour, which aims to end all forms of child labour by 2025.
Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, Mike Robinson, commented: “Over the last 40 years, since the enactment of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the UK has witnessed immense improvements in workplace safety and prevention of injuries.”
He added that working with 60 member countries, the council aims to help young people to become confident communicators in health and safety, better understanding of the importance of workplace risk, helping them to avoid workplace injury and illness and to prevent them from being employed in hazardous occupations.