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International Commemoration Day
History of the International Commemoration Day

In 1984, the OH&S committee of a Canadian union organisation recommended the creation of a remembrance day for workers killed or injured on the job. By 1991 the Canadian government passed legislation declaring each April 28 "a day of remembrance for workers killed or injured at work." Recognition of this "Workers Memorial Day" spread, and it was adopted internationally in 1996. Now the day is marked in countries all around the world.

International Commemoration Day

Every year arround 440 workers are killed in work-related accidents (that equates to more than 8 per week). Diseases such as cancer and asbestos related illnesses cause an estimated 2,300 additional deaths per year (or 44 a week). Road accidents in Australia claim about 30 lives per week.


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