April 28 is date every year when trade union and employer groups worldwide, as well as individual  organisations, remember those who have been killed or injured in work-related  accidents.

Statistics for Ireland:

  • In 2016 44 people were killed in Irish workplaces.
  • In the 3-year period between 2014 and 2016, 155 people were killed in work-related accidents and thousands more badly injured.
  • In the ten-year period between 2006 and 2015, 526 people were killed in work-related accidents and many thousands more severely injured.

These are shocking statistics by any standards.

Raising the awareness of the importance of occupational health and safety should be a collaborative effort. Please note the date in your calendar and make the commitment to contribute to this most important challenge.

To get involved there are a range of initiatives that your organisation should consider including:

  • Using the national Workers’ Memorial Day Ireland logo on your website, social media presence, presentations, email signatures, displays and in offices and workplaces. This is available for free on the HSA website:  www.hsa.ie;
  • In-house training sessions or a toolbox talk;
  • Website/Social Media/Newsletter content;
  • Guest speaker presentation to your staff;
  • Press release to your local/national media marking your event / the day.

Worker safety and health is everyone’s business and can only be tackled through a collaborative approach. April 28th presents an important opportunity to remember and to consolidate everyone’s focus around a single day. It will be an annually recurring national event. Please mark the date in your calendar and make the commitment to contribute to this most important challenge.

For further information contact Gavin Lonergan, Head of Communications at the HSA at gavin@hsa.ie or (01) 799 7838.