This Sunday April 28 is International Day of Mourning, known elsewhere around the world as Workers’ Memorial Day.
Established in Canada in 1984, the day is an opportunity to remember those killed, disabled or injured while at work.
Here in Australia, WorkCover NSW has encouraged businesses to think of those who have perished in workplace accidents.
WorkCover chief executive officer Julie Newman said that there were 117 work-related deaths in NSW during the 2010-11 period.
She said that this was a 44 per cent decrease since the introduction of the NSW workers compensation scheme in 1987, yet more work remains to be done.
“Every fatality is one too many and it is important to remember that robust work health and safety measures can save lives,” said Ms Newman in a statement published today (April 26).
On Sunday at 12pm there will be a ceremony where families will have the opportunity to pay homage to their loved ones and place a personalised memory card on the Memory Lines sculpture.
Families will also be able to share stories and connect with others at the event which will take place at Reflection Park, Little Pier Street.
“The International Day of Mourning is a time to pause, reflect and remember the individuals who have been killed at work or have died because of an occupational-related disease,” Ms Newman said.
She added that it was also an opportunity to think about what could be done to improve safety and reduce risk in the workplace.
“We need to make it a number one priority to ensure family members make it home safely at the end of the working day and the importance of workplace safety should never be underestimated.
Catastrophic injury in the workplace can in some cases be so severe that it makes it impossible to return to work.
In these cases, it may be possible to lodge a superannuation total and permanent disability claim, where the victim already has this policy.
This can be a complex process and it can often be difficult to understand what is required of claimants.
That’s why it can be a great help to talk to expert compensation lawyers that specialise in these sorts of claims.
The advantage of no win no fee lawyers is that you can get advice from TPD claim specialists at no charge and guidance through the steps you need to take to lodge a claim – you only get charged if your claim is successful.