What is so important about April 28th? It is the 118th day of the year or the 119th in any leap year. It also indicates there are only 247 days of 2015 remaining!
But it is not a day like any other ….more than the decades substantial numbers of men and women across the globe have been killed, injured, disabled or produced ill as a consequence of functioning for a living.
The 28th of April gives a single concentrate every year for those of us who can make a distinction to reflect on the staggering number of folks who are affected, not only those straight involved but their households and the effect that each accident or case of occupational disease has on the wider neighborhood.
The planet of work has changed dramatically for some but not all of us, on 28th April 1869 it is recorded that labourers for the Central Pacific Railroad operating on the First Transcontinental Railroad laid ten miles of track in a single day, a feat which has never ever been matched. I could find no detailed record of the impact that this ‘feat’ had on the workers themselves, even so with labour-saving devices in those days consisting mostly of wheelbarrows, horse or mule drawn carts, and a couple of railroad pulled gondolas, the influence of this immense amount of manual labour will undoubtably have taken its toll.
On 28th April 1914 and 1924 mining disasters in Eccles and Benwood West Virginia claimed the lives of 300 miners. There have been no survivors in the Benwood Mining Disaster, caused by the ignition of methane gas and coal dust, the names of the 119 killed, stay a sombre reminder of the event.
On 28th April 1986, high levels of radiation resulting from the Chernobyl disaster have been detected at a nuclear energy plant in Sweden, top Soviet authorities to publicly announce the accident… the result of a flawed reactor design operated by inadequately trained personnel.
On 28th April 2014, an HSE Press Release recorded the life-altering injuries suffered by Kevin Lowe, 48, as a result of an incident at Tangerine Confectionery Ltd in Blackpool on 19 September 2012, he is now only capable to stroll short distances with the use of a stick.
It goes without saying that the influence of each and every instance of harm as a consequence of operating for a living is significant to the sufferer. The 28th of April encourages us all to cease and consider about what has gone ahead of, what lessons can be discovered, how items can be carried out differently and what demands to change to tackle emerging overall health and security troubles inside the globe of perform.
If like myself you have no direct experience (thankfully) of dealing with the outcomes of a operate connected accident or ill-wellness caused by perform, take a few moments to reflect on list of names linked to the Benwood Mining Disaster, or pay a visit to RoSPA’s Workers Memorial day web page.
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