Every year workplace fatalities come to light on International Workers Memorial Day. This year it is April 28th/2013.

But have you ever noticed that what happens is that we take a moment of silence for those who have lost thier lives and a few days later it is work as usual.

The person who brought this years Memorial Day to my attention is Matthew Pelletier with Compliance and Safety He was kind enough to send me a link to a Blog article called Workplace Safety Time Line

Which he has said I can share with you. This article highlights some of the worst workplace tragadies that have happened in the last 30 years.

This is from that article.

More than 4,000 workers died on the job in 2012 and tens of thousands more were left permanently disabled from injuries. Each portrait on the left is from a worker who lost their life as a result of a workplace accident in 2012. Take a moment to remember some of those who lost their life by reading about their stores.

Please take a look at this article it is well worth it.


I have had the unfortunate experience of being on a work site when a workplace fatality has happened and it is an experience I wouldn't wish on anyone.

This is when you really see how people are affected and it is different for everyone. One common thing needs to happen though and that is it is crucial that everyone looks after and watch's how they are doing.

It's hard to do but sometimes it's best to tell your partner that they should just go home for a day or two.


So who do you talk to if someone in your family is injured or killed at work? In my opinion it is someone who has unfortunatley gone through what you are going through.

Fortunatley there are some really strong people who I believe are angles in thier own right who have stepped up after a tragedy in their family and reach out to others to help them through this difficult times and are there to help others.

Here a few organizations that have been started by people who have a tragedy in thier family. I will be adding more as I find them. If you can please help these organizations help others. They do some fantastic work.

  1. In Canada Threads Of Life was created by Shirley Hickman after looseing her son. 
  2. In the United States the United Support and Memorial For Workplace Fatalities is a great organzation who is helping families all across the country.
  3. In Australia The Workplace Tragedy Family Support Group was created after Cheryl Romer and others found the need for change in unsafe work practices and to support each other.


One of the reasons that I created this page is so that we don't forget about the fatalities that are happening  everyday at work across the world.

Hopefully as we share more information with eah other we can save more injuries. I will be adding more statistics about fatalities on my  Safety Facts pages.

I also plan on creating pages with a closer look at fatalities so we can all learn from them. So be safe and lets not wait for a full year till we remember that tragedy's are happening everyday.

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