Remembering fallen workers

A memorial service is being held in Perth to commemorate workers who have been injured or killed.

Thousands of Western Australian workers are expected to attend a memorial service this morning to commemorate people who have been injured or killed at work.

Organised by Unions WA, the international commemoration day is designed to pay tribute to the 20 workers who die on average per year on worksites in WA.

The service will be held at Solidarity Park in West Perth, with members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) expected to walk off work sites in order to attend.

Western Australia has far too many work related deaths and a change of attitude is needed in order to prevent them, Unions WA spokeswoman Simone McGurk said.

“There needs to be a culture at work where there’s a zero tolerance to any injury, let alone deaths,” she said.

“Over about the last 10 to 20 years on average 20 people have died on WA workplaces each year.

“So far this year we have had about 5 die which means we are on track to keep our record which is not good.”

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