Published On: Fri, Apr 25th, 2014 on 8:00 am

Calls on government to prioritise safety ahead of Workers’ Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day

A Workers Memorial Day plaque found in Bradford

Workers’ Memorial Day will be taking place in the next few days, and workplace injury and illness lawyers are calling for the government to ensure health and safety remains a priority for employers.

The latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive reveals that 13,000 people lost their lives during 2012 and 2013 through work-related illness such as mesothelioma, which is caused by exposure to asbestos and other occupational cancers.

Law firm Irwin Mitchell – which has an office in Leeds – has represented many families of people killed in accidents at work or who have died from work-related diseases.

Expert industrial illness lawyer, Ian Bailey, said: “Each and every workplace death has a devastating impact on the victim’s family and friends and we believe that the government should be doing everything in its power to ensure that employees can feel safe as possible.

“There has been a drive to cut red tape for businesses in recent years and, while we welcome plans to promote growth and make things simple for employers, this can’t be at the expense of putting people’s lives at risk.”

According to statistics, between 2011 and 2012, 1.1 million working people were suffering from a work-related illness and another 78,000 people had reported being injured at work resulting in 27 million working days being lost.

Events will be taking place across West Yorkshire on 28 April to mark Workers’ Memorial Day.

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