International Workers' Memorial Day

International Workers' Memorial Day (IWMD) is intended to remember all those killed at or by work, and to strengthen our resolve to reduce risks and protect people from injury in the workplace.

The origins of International Workers Memorial Day

International Workers' Memorial Day originated in Canada. 28 April was chosen for International Workers Memorial Day as it is the anniversary of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in the USA and also commemorates the day that 28 people were killed in a construction incident in Connecticut. Since 1989 trade unions in the USA, UK, Asia, Europe and Africa have organised events on and around 28 April. IWMD was adopted by the Scottish TUC in 1993, followed by the TUC in 1999.

Events are held on the day to commemorate those who have died whilst at work. The intention is to focus and reflect on workplace illness, injury and death and their causes. It is hoped that the events will appeal to everyone.

Take a moment to think about those who have lost their lives through their work and think about what you can do to protect yourself, your workers and your colleagues.