28 Apr 2014
On 28 April each year, countries around the world pause to commemorate workers who have lost their lives as a result of a workplace injury, incident or disease, and to serve as a reminder of the importance of work health and safety and the need to continue to work together as a nation to improve health and safety performance and prevent work-related injuries and disease.
Workers’ Memorial Day was started by the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 1984. The Canadian Labor Congress declared an annual day of remembrance on 28 April 1985.
Workers’ Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace injuries and ill health and to continue advocating for improvements in work health and safety. The slogan for the day is Remember the dead – Fight for the living.
Events are scheduled around Australia on Workers’ Memorial Day for friends, family and colleagues to honour and remember those who have lost their lives at work.
For more information on events in your area please contact the Work Health and Safety Regulator in your State or Territory, or the union representing your industry.