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Workers’ Memorial Day a call to action for leaders

Workers’ Memorial Day a call to action for leaders

Workers’ Memorial Day (April 28th) is a powerful reminder to people in positions of influence and power about their vital role in fostering safe and healthy workplaces, says the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum.

More than 287 work-related deaths have been reported to WorkSafe since 2010. “But the actual death toll is much higher because that figure doesn’t include deaths from work-related road crashes, occupational illnesses or maritime or aviation deaths,” says Forum Acting Executive Director Frances Martin.

“We’ve just spent the weekend remembering people who died before their time during wars. Let’s also take time out to remember the sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, grandparents, cousins and best mates who never came home from work to their families and friends.”

Ms Martin says the best way that business leaders and government policy-makers can honour those who have died on the job is by renewing their determination to keep everyone safe from harm at work.

More robust health and safety legislation expected to come into force this year is an important cornerstone for creating safer workplaces, Ms Martin says, particularly as it beefs up protections for contractors as well as employees.

“But really people shouldn’t be waiting for the government to tell them what to do to manage the risks in their workplace. Managing your risks is just common sense if you want to create a successful, sustainable and safe business.”

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