|Issue No 51||28 April 2000|
Prayer for the Fallen Marks International Day
The Carr Government has promised to beef up workplace inspections in NSW as workers took a minute to remember colleagues who had died or been injured in the workplace.
Addressing a prayer service in Sydney to mark the International Day of Mourning for Deaths in the Workplace, NSW Industrial relations Minister Jeff Shaw said 25 new WorkCover inspectors would be appointed.
Shaw says this will bring the state's workplace safety inspectorate to 301, the largest in Australia and almost double the number when the Carr Government came to power in 1995.
"We are increasing the size of the inspectorate so that there is a physical presence to advise those in the workplace and where necessary to enforce work safety laws," Shaw says.
More than one million workers worldwide die from work-related injury or illness each year, according to the International Confederation of Trade Unions which coordinated global activities for the day
The service, also heard from Paralympian Heath Francis who lost his had in a farm
"One moment is all it takes to change your life forever," Heath, who will compete in paralympics as a sprinter, said.
CFMEU workers on St Mary's Cathedral unfurled a banner marking the day as workers around the state took time to reflect on the scrouge of workplace accidents.
Father Robinson recited the following prayer, especially written for the day by Rev Ian Lawton:
A Prayer for the Fallen
We remember those we have lost with great fondness.
They gave much to the world; as individuals, family members, friends and work colleagues.
We remember their families in their enormous sadness.
For those who have died at work building a better place for the rest of us.
Those who died while constructing our buildings and expressways, hospitals and schools.
For those who have died young and innocent, victims of avoidable accidents
May we learn from this loss, honour the memory of those lost
And work towards a safer work place for all people
Where the rights and dignity of all workers are upheld above all else
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