International Workers Memorial Day

Construction workers on roof

Monday 28th April is International Workers Memorial Day, dedicated to those individuals who have lost their lives at work and to the ongoing campaign to improve workplace health and safety standards across all spheres and sectors.

Digby Brown represents people who have been injured in workplace accidents across Scotland and are at the forefront of campaigns to ensure everyone can go to work and come home safely.  Every workplace accident is more than a statistic; it represents an individual who has suffered injury and loss. When, tragically, individuals have been killed at work, we have worked to uncover the circumstances of what happened and do everything possible to make sure a similar incident cannot occur in the future. 

Last month, Digby Brown organised and hosted a fringe event at Scottish Labour Party Conference on the importance of protecting hard-fought workplace rights. Ian Murray MP, Labour frontbench spokesperson, discussed the current UK Government’s regressive attitude towards health and safety, most notably Section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act which removed civil liability from employers from health and safety breeches, taking the law in this area back to where it was over 100 years ago.  These changes mean workers building the new Forth Crossing between now and 2016 will do so with no greater legal protection than those who build the original Forth Rail Bridge, which was completed in 1889 at a cost of 98 lives.

Over the next few days, Digby Brown will be working to highlight why protecting and improving health and safety is important for all of us and the very real effects of current Government actions in this area.