Workers Memorial Day – April 28

All around the globe events will be occurringto mark Workers Memorial Day to remember those who were killed at work.

“In the last year 55 working Kiwis went towork and never came home. Every single person who heads out the door to begintheir working day should have full confidence that they’ll return home again atthe end of their work day,” said CTU President Richard Wagstaff.

“Of particular concern are construction,manufacturing, and agriculture (farming). These industries are killing moreKiwis than any other. We challenge employers to do more to keep those theyemploy safe at work.”

“WorkSafe estimates that 800 – 1000 peopleeach year die from “non-acute” work related illnesses more thandouble the number people killed on our roads. People are dying from exposuresto harmful products and chemicals which cause cancers and other seriousillnesses. Of particular note action is still very much needed on the issue ofasbestos.”

“More than 3,000 people were seriouslyhurt at work in the last year. These are injuries which in many cases couldhave resulted in death. This number should be of real concern and a very clearindication that more, much more, needs to be done to make work safer,”Wagstaff said.

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