Every year on 28th April, people around the word recognise International Workers’ Memorial Day. Set up by trade unions and supported by health and safety practitioners, we remember those who were killed through work and renew our energies to do all we can to ensure these tragedies are not repeated.
This year, the theme of the Memorial Day is “strong laws, strong enforcement, strong unions”. There is concern that workers aren’t being protected by health and safety laws so unions are working to ensure these laws are being enforced. In the last week there have also been concerns raised by unions about content of the ISO 45001 draft international standard that is due to be published later in the year.
At Hundred Acre, we live by the International Workers’ Memorial Day’s slogan to “remember the dead: fight for the living” on a daily basis. We strive to make sure everyone gets home in the same physical and mental state as they arrived to work in at the end of every single day. We know that strong leadership and a sound safety management systems go hand in hand to ensure a workplace is a safer and healthier place to be for all employees and others who visit.
Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, tells us: “Occasionally big stories make headlines of incidents where workers have lost their lives. Recently the collapse of the Didcot power station building and last week the blast at a Mexican oil facility to name a couple. Sadly the reality is there are far more days where someone doesn’t make it home to their loved ones that don’t hit the headlines. While looking after people is the focus of all we do at Hundred Acre every day of the year, 28th April is a noted day to stop and to think a little differently. To take a little time to reflect and remember those who are no longer with us, and then to take stock and make sure we all do all we can to fight to get everyone else home.”
We hope you too can take time to reflect. To remember those who’ve tragically lost their lives through work this International Workers’ Memorial Day and focus on what can be done to create a safer and healthier place for yourself and your colleagues.
If you’d like to find out more about Hundred Acre’s services, please contact us today on +44 (0) 1933 201103 or via our contact form. We will be happy to assist you in all areas of your health and safety requirements.