Barnsley residents urged to remember workers

22 April 2014

Barnsley residents are being invited to remember loved ones, friends and colleagues at a special ceremony to commemorate Workers Memorial Day on Saturday 26th April.

The annual gathering at the Town Hall Cenotaph, now in its seventh year, is an opportunity to pay respect to people who have lost their lives as a result of work-related accidents and illnesses.

In 2012/2013, 148 workers were killed at work in Britain and there were 78,000 reported accidents. There are also over 1 million British people suffering with a work related disease or illness.

This is often because an employer decided that their safety wasn’t a ‘priority’.

John Welch of Raleys Solicitors, which organises the event, said “Workers Memorial Day is an opportunity to join together in remembrance of those who have lost their lives whilst trying to make a living. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the ongoing campaign to secure better protection for workers through better health and safety management.

This is the seventh year that Raleys have helped organise the Barnsley Workers Memorial Day – as a firm we are passionate about improving workplace safely. Unfortunately, we see too many accidents and illnesses caused by substandard health and safety in the workplace.”

The event will be held at the Cenotaph in front of Barnsley Town Hall at 12.30pm on Saturday 26th April. Speakers will include Mayor of Barnsley Councillor Ken Richardson, John Welch from Raleys Solicitors, local MPs and Trade Union officials.

Notes to editor

Issued on behalf of Raleys Solicitors, www.raleys.co.uk

For further information or to arrange a media interview call 01226 603 223 or email kate.swinscoe@raleys.co.uk

Audio clips: John Welch of Raleys solicitors says employers could do more to avoid workers getting injured

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