Today's International Day of Mourning ceremony is a reminder of the need to maintain our focus on workplace safety, Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey said.

"The sad reality is over 200 Australians a year go to work and don’t come home due to tragic workplace accidents.


“More than 300 people are killed on our roads each year because our transport industry is being placed under enormous pressure through supply chains putting economic imperatives ahead of safety.


“Australians also continue to die from asbestos related diseases due to exposure at work while many thousands more sustain serious workplace injuries every day in Australian workplaces.


“There is no reason why any worker should die at work from an accident which is preventable. Governments need to do more to ensure workplaces are properly regulated and penalties should be increased for those responsible for negligent behaviour which leads to death or injury in workplaces,” Mr Morey said.


Professor the Hon. Dame Marie Bashir will speak at today’s service, as will the Hon. Victor Dominello, MP Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation and the Leader of the Opposition, The Hon. Luke Foley.


The ceremony will be held at Reflection Park at Darling Harbour at 11.45am.


Reflection Park is on Little Pier Street, Darling Harbour, opposite the Sydney Entertainment Centre. 


Additional International Labour Organisation (ILO) world-wide statistics show:

  • Each year, more than two million men and women die as a result of work-related accidents and disease.
  • Workers suffer approximately 270 million accidents each year, and fall victim to some 160 million incidents of related illnesses.
  • Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually and asbestos claims 100,000 lives.
  • One worker dies every 15 seconds worldwide. 6,000 workers die every day. More people die while at work than those fighting wars.

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