On the 28th of April Unions NSW took part in the International Workers’ Memorial Day service at Reflection park.

Reflection park is tucked away in the corner of the land next to the old Sydney Entertainment Centre and stands as a monument to the men and women who have lost their jobs at work.

This year we heard from Alan Brown who lost his son Patrick an electrician, to a workplace accident.

Patrick’s accident came just 2 weeks before his little daughter was to be born, Alan spoke through tears of his son the fighter, who after being severely electrocuted and given 24 hours to live, Patrick battled on for 90 days.

He spoke of the wonderful doctors and nurses who worked tirelessly to provide Patrick and his family with the care, respect, and love. 

Finally Alan spoke of the silver lining of this dark dark cloud, that now there are more safety procedures in place to stop this sort of accident happening again, so no one else will have to go through the pain that he and his family went through.

Finishing off his story he spoke to the more than 100 construction workers who were present at the service, imploring them to look after their mates, to speak up if they see something dangerous, and to not take any risks, because at the end of the day, we all want you to come home from your job. 

Alan’s address and the addresses everyone that day reminds us that we must remember the dead, but fight like hell for the living. 

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