International Day of Mourning

On 28 April each year, countries around the world pause to remember loved ones who have lost their lives due to a workplace incident or occupational disease.

In NSW alone, forty eight workers, loved ones and colleagues, died between March 2018 and Feb 2019.*

Unions NSW and SafeWork NSW hold an annual service to honour and remember those who lost their lives at work.

At the service, families are invited to add memory cards and flowers to the Memory Lines sculpture in honour of their loved ones.

We encourage employers and workers across the state to take time on the International Day of Mourning to think about the significance of work health and safety and how workplace incidents can affect those around them.

This year, the theme is 'a safe and healthy future of work'. We will attend three commemorative services:

  • Reflection Park, Little Pier Street, Darling Harbour, 12pm
  • Ourimbah Wall of Remembrance, 8 Chittaway road, Ourimbah, 12pm
  • Blacktown Showground, Richmond Rd, Blacktown, 10am

If you cannot attend a ceremony, we encourage you to gather with friends and family on Sunday to observe a minute of silence at 11am, to reflect on the importance of returning home safely at the end of each working day.

*These figures are based on notifiable fatalities and are subject to change as it is not possible to immediately assess work-relatedness for some incidents. This figure includes a mining fatality which is not technically notifiable for SafeWork NSW but is recorded in the traumatic injury fatality counts. March 2019 fatalities have not been assessed for work relatedness as yet.

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