Minute’s silence to be held in memory of dead building workers

Workers on The Broadway site will hold a minute’s silence on Monday

Workers on The Broadway site will hold a minute’s silence on Monday

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

Work on Bradford’s Westfield site The Broadway will come to a standstill for a minute’s silence at noon on Monday as workers pay their respects to those injured and killed in the construction industry.

The minute’s silence is part of a day being organised in the city to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day 2014.

The organiser, Bradford Area Safety Reps Association, has chosen the theme of ‘We love red tape better than bloody bandages’ to get the message across that law and enforcement exists to protects all workers but especially those who are young.

To help raise awareness, they are asking people who care about their health at work to take a Health and Selfie photo of themselves with a message for employers and the Government, and post it on Facebook Workers Memorial Day 2014 and Twitter #HealthandSelfie, #IWMD14.

Jane Howie, from the association, said those taking part in the day would not only be mourning the dead but continuing to fight for the living, and added: “We will remember everyone killed at work in the North West, which is more than 5,000 a year in agriculture, fishing, manufacturing, services and construction, and the many thousands more made ill and injured, as we lay wreaths and stand silent for one minute.”

There will also be a series of short speeches from the association, Bradford TUC, Piers Telemacque from Bradford College Student Union, and David Pike from the Industrial Workers of the World’s new Bradford Branch.

At 1pm at The Fabric Gallery in Braodway, there will be a short film screening of Who Pays The Price? The Human Cost Of Electronics.

The TUC estimates there were 20,000 work-related deaths in Great Britain last year and 50,000 hazards identified.

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