Key workers thanked on International Workers’ Memorial Day

Local council staff and residents in Telford and Wrekin are being encouraged to take part in a minute’s silence for the workers who have lost their lives at work for International Workers’ Memorial Day.

Every year on 28 April those who have died at work are remembered on International Workers Memorial Day. This year takes on a special significance because of the mounting death toll caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet wants to thank all of those who are continuing to work during the coronavirus crisis – from care staff to delivery drivers, school staff to NHS workers and refuse collectors.

According to the HSE:
• One worker dies every 15 seconds worldwide.
• 6,000 workers die every day.
• More than two million men and women die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases
• Workers suffer approximately 270 million accidents each year, and fall victim to some 160 million incidents of work-related illnesses
• Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000k  lives

Yesterday it was announced that 82 NHS staff and 16 care workers have already died as a result of coronavirus.

Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “I want to say a massive thank you to every key and critical worker. They are working so hard at the moment, right around the clock, seven days a week.
“I want to take this opportunity to recognise all of those, working in every industry across the country, who are ensuring that we can all keep going.”

Councillor Richard Overton, deputy leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “We send our love to the family and friends who have lost a love one as a result of a death at work.”