Relatives of a man killed at work in Sheffield have spoken of their loss to mark Workers’ Memorial Day today.
To coincide with the day, the Health and Safety Executive has released figures showing 148 people were killed last year while 13,000 lost their lives through work-related illness such as mesothelioma, caused by exposure to asbestos.
Michael Dwyer, aged 48, from Gleadless, was crushed while working for RS Bruce (Metals & Machinery) on March Street, Attercliffe, Sheffield, in March last year.
He was cutting up steel crucibles to be melted into scrap metal when he was struck.
His widow Marie, 47, said: “We miss Michael every day, but it seems fitting that around a year after Michael died at work we are remembering him on Workers’ Memorial Day.
“The whole family is distraught at his death and struggling to come to terms with it.
“When my husband left for work I never imagined he wouldn’t be returning home.
“I wouldn’t want any family to suffer what we have over the past year and hope Workers’ Memorial Day helps to raise awareness of the importance of keeping people safe at work.”
Joanne Witherington is a specialist workplace injury lawyer at Sheffield-based law firm Irwin Mitchell, who is representing the Dwyer family.
She said: “Workers’ Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have lost their lives simply because they were doing their jobs.
“Whether through a workplace accident or because of a work-related illness too many workers are being killed in avoidable situations.
“Each and every workplace death has a devastating impact on the victim’s family and friends.
“We believe the Government should be doing everything in its power to ensure that employees can feel are safe as possible.”