Thursday 23 November 2017

'Unacceptable losses of life': Over 500 people killed and thousands injured in workplace accidents since 2006

45 people were killed in workplace accidents here last year
45 people were killed in workplace accidents here last year

Kathy Armstrong

Over 500 people have been killed and thousands more injured in work-related accidents here over the past ten years, a new  report has revealed.

In 2016 alone 45 people died in accidents at the workplace.

The Health and safety Authority released the figures today to mark Workers’ Memorial Day and said: "These are unacceptable loses of life."

There will be a special ceremony involving  the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Congress), Ibec, the Construction Industry Federation and the Health and Safety Authority to mark Workers' Memorial Day, organisations across the country are invited to hold a minute's silence.

The ceremony will take place at Dublin's Hugh Lane Gallery at 9am, the four organisations involved have sent a jointly signed letter to their members and contacts calling for participation and support.

The theme of the event is "Remembering the past for a safe and healthy future" and it highlights the importance of safety in the workplace.

Martin O'Halloran, CEO of the Health and Safety Authority
Martin O'Halloran, CEO of the Health and Safety Authority

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Martin O’Halloran, CEO, the HSA said: "This will be the third Workers’ Memorial Day marked nationally in Ireland. It provides an important opportunity to remember and to consolidate everyone’s focus around a single day. One work-related death or accident is one too many.

"Working with Congress, the CIF and Ibec, this year’s event on Friday 28th April will involve more workplaces, employers and workers. It is only by working together for this common good that we’ll see a significant drop in accidents.

"In setting this agenda, we remember workers lost or injured and people who have been bereaved.  Everyone is entitled to a safe working environment and to return home unharmed each day. 

"We must all remember that and renew our commitment to safety and wellbeing throughout our working lives."

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