Thank you to the worker health and safety activist community for all the work going on around the world to remember those who were injured, made ill or killed on the job. This annual activity fuels our work to fight for more prevention programs to stop the daily physical and emotional toll that work has on so many workers.
Below are some links to specific information about workplace fatalities that may be helpful as we try to highlight specific recent fatality cases.
Other resources are available on the COSH Website and AFL-CIO’s toolkit
If you have additional information on fatality cases that should be included in the COSH Fatality Database, please let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Dooley,MS,CIH, CSP
Senior Project Coordinator, National COSH
3360 E 25th ST
Tucson AZ 85713
If you’re planning last minute remarks, events or publications for Workers’ Memorial Day, don’t forget about the AFL-CIO’s toolkit.
It includes many tools for you to use:
- fliers on Workers’ Memorial Day and workplace violence (English and Spanish)
- sample talking points for your workers’ memorial day events
- statistics and other information on job injuries, illnesses and deaths, nationally and state by state
- Trump administration’s record on worker safety and health
- sample press advisories and op-eds (English and Spanish)
- sample events — large or small
- other resources
This year, AFL-CIO is pushing Congress to cosponsor the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (HR 1309, S 851), especially in the House. So please urge individuals and organisations to support these bills.
“Remember the Dead – fight like hell for the living” – Workers Memorial Day Ireland April 28th
To Congress Affiliated Unions ROI/EC
For everyone with an interest in the safety, health, and welfare of people at work, Sunday 28th April is an important date nationally and worldwide when we remember people killed or injured at work. Congress has marked Workers’ Memorial Day for many years, with trade union events being held in Dublin and Belfast. In 2015 our commemoration was given official backing in the Republic when the government called on the HSA, employers and public bodies to join with Congress in making the day a truly national event henceforth. This joint cooperation has continued every year since.
While every year we still have too many people who die in accidents at work – 37 died in 2018 in the Republic – many more are affected by occupational accidents. Some of these ultimately prove fatal while countless others suffer from both physical and psychosocial disorders arising from their work. Alongside our commemoration therefore, we also try to use the day to create awareness and to commit ourselves to create safer workplaces. This is why we use the motto based on the words of Cork-born Mary “Mother” Jones – Remember the dead; fight like hell for the living. Trade unions have been the crucial force in the past in protecting workers and raising the bar to ensure people can return home safe and well after their day’s work. There is no room for complacency and we all need to work together to achieve this objective.
Congress is asking all of its affiliated unions and trades councils to get involved in marking the day. While April 28th falls on a Sunday this year, there are still many ways in which you can contribute. Congress has made available some resources, including the logos and posters, and suggestions as to what unions might do at http://bit.ly/IWMD2019.
- We want to encourage unions to support in particular the social media campaign using the A3 poster available on the resources link. Arrange for your General Secretary or Executive Members to have their photo taken with the poster and post to Twitter with an appropriate message (suggestions include: Workers safety is everyone’s business; Organised workplaces are safer workplaces; Remember the dead; fight like hell for the living or customise your own message to highlight issues in your own sector. Ask public figures and others in organisations you have contact with to do the same and support this awareness-raising campaign using the hashtag #WorkersMemorialDay
- Publish a piece in your union journals or work newsletters; there is an article available via the link above
- Get involved by using the national Workers’ Memorial Day Ireland logo (download at link) on your website, social media presence, presentations, email signatures and displays in the weeks leading to 28 April;
- Print and display the Congress memorial poster in as many workplaces as possible
- Observing a minute of silence and reflection on 28th April if it is a workday for you
- Circulate of safety and health messages throughout workplaces and review risk assessments
- Make and wear the simple purple ribbon “forget-me-knot” which has become associated with the day
By working together and promoting the practice of health and safety in workplaces throughout Ireland we will achieve a significant drop in these dreadful numbers of deaths, injuries, and illnesses. We all have a responsibility to make sure that happens.
For further information, search “Workers’ Memorial Day” in your web browser or contact Conor Kavanagh in the Communications Office of Congress at 086 811 6607 or Frank Vaughan at email@example.com.
We ask for and we welcome your support for this event.
Dr. Sharon McGuinness Patricia King Danny McCoy Tom Parlon
Chief Executive Officer General Secretary Chief Executive Director General
BWI has published an International Workers’ Memorial Day poster in multiple languages, including Turkish. [here]
BWI has published an International Workers’ Memorial Day poster in multiple languages, including Hindi. [here]
BWI has published an International Workers’ Memorial Day poster in multiple languages, including Korean. [PDF]
BWI has published an International Workers’ Memorial Day poster in multiple languages, including Croatian. [here]
BWI has published an International Workers’ Memorial Day poster in multiple languages, including Serbia . [here]