Workers who have lost their lives were remembered at a memorial day in Sheffield.
Trade union members marched through the city centre to pay tribute to those who have died in the workplace as part of International Workers’ Memorial Day.
Many of the crowd carried union banners and wreaths to lay outside the Town Hall.
Tristram Sterry, of trade union law firm Thompsons, said the memorial ‘is a significant way of publicising that people should expect to come home from work safe and sound and healthy’.
In the last year, 133 people have died in workplace related incidents in the UK. Around 50,000 more die from occupational diseases such as cancer.
Speeches were given outside the Town Hall by union members about the issues affecting employees.
Bill Adams, Regional Trades Union Congress Secretary, told the Speaking to a crowd of more than 70 people: “2.3 million people are killed every year at work. That is a damning indictment in the world economy. We need active health safety trade union representatives in every workplace.”
Concerns are rising among unions over cuts to the health and safety budget and what will happen after the general election.
John Allot, national officer for construction at Unite union said: “We need to highlight health and safety and to remember those who have died.
“The health and safety budget has been cut by 33 per cent which means there are less factory and building site inspections.”