Tributes paid on at Workers' Memorial Day service

By Michael Upton | 05/05/2017

Tributes paid on at Workers' Memorial Day service
Mr Healey lays a wreath at the service.

JOHN Healey and Sarah Champion joined relatives and union members in remembering those killed at work in Rotherham.

The Labour representatives, who are both out to be re-elected as MPs, joined the annual Workers’ Memorial Day service in the town’s Minster Yard on Sunday.

Ms Champion, trade union officers and a representative from the TUC health and safety magazine Hazards gave speeches and wreaths were laid.

Andy Searson, chairman of Rotherham Trade Union Council, which organised the event, said: “Each year thousands of workers experience serious accidents at work, causing injuries which can and often do lead to permanent disability.

“Worse still, far too many workers die - either immediately or in some cases years afterwards following long periods of pain and suffering.

“We need safer workplaces, proper and effective health and safety legislation and trained and qualified trade union health and safety representatives.”

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