02:00 pm, Friday 26 April, 2013
A few days before the International Day of Mourning on April 28, WorkCover NSW is reminding all businesses and workers to remember people who have lost their lives from workplace incidents.
Chief Executive Officer Julie Newman said the event is a time to pay tribute to workers who have died as a result of a workplace incident or illness.
“The International Day of Mourning is a time to pause, reflect and remember the individuals who have been killed at work or have died because of an occupational-related disease,” said Ms Newman.
“Workplace injuries carry significant social and financial costs – they have a broader impact on loved ones and family members.
“There were 117 work-related fatalities in New South Wales in 2010-11, a reduction of 44 percent since the NSW WorkCover Compensation Scheme commenced in 1987.
“Every fatality is one too many and it is important to remember that robust work health and safety measures can save lives.”
A ceremony to pay tribute to workers who have died from workplace incidents and diseases will be held on Sunday, April 28 at 12pm at Reflection Park, Little Pier Street in Darling Harbour.
Families can honour their loved ones by placing personalised memory card onto the Memory Lines sculpture.
“While the event is a time to pause and remember, it is also a time to reflect on safety as it applies to individual workplaces and to think about measures to reduce hazards and risks,” said Ms Newman.
“We need to make it a number one priority to ensure family members make it home safely at the end of the working day and the importance of workplace safety should never be underestimated.”
More information about the event is available on the WorkCover NSW website.