Workers Memorial Day marked.
According to the report, The Burden of Occupational Disease and Injury in New Zealand, around 700 and 1000 workers die prematurely in New Zealand every year as a result of a work-related disease and about 80 percent of these deaths occur in men. There are about 100 work-related fatal injuries in New Zealand every year. (1)
The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) is marking the day with the launch of stage three of its health and safety workplace representative training on Friday, April 27, in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Since the CTU began the training in March 2003, 16,000 workplace representatives have completed stage one; of those, 6832 have compteted stage two. CTU health and safety team manager Monica O'Connell is delighted with the numbers who have undertaken health and safety training. The CTU is the biggest provider of health and safety training in the country.
Events planned to mark the day can be found on the CTU's website www.union.org.nz.
(1) National Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee (2004) The Burden of Occupational Disease and Injury in New Zealand. http://www.nohsac.govt.nz/bodi/index.php. Retrieved 03/04/07.