Workplace deaths memorial Holroyd

Workers who were killed or injured on the job will be remembered at a memorial event at Holroyd Gardens on Saturday.

The event will take place at Holroyd council’s workplace tragedy memorial, located at the kilns of the former Goodlet and Smith brickpit site at Walpole and Pitt streets Merrylands from 10am.

"Dad worked in heavy industry, with Commonwealth Engineering and State Rail at different times, and was exposed to asbestos. He was an electrician by trade." - Cr Cummings. Picture: Geoff Jones.

"Dad worked in heavy industry, with Commonwealth Engineering and State Rail at different times, and was exposed to asbestos. He was an electrician by trade." - Cr Cummings. Picture: Geoff Jones.

‘‘This is just a reminder that we've lost too many people,’’ said Holroyd councillor Greg Cummings, who in 2002 lost his father Jack to mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

‘‘It’s a way for local government to keep the impetus on employers, so that hopefully everyone that goes out to work comes home from work to their families.’’

Cr Cummings said there are about 7,000 workplace deaths in Australia every year, many from exposure to carcinogenics.

‘‘From just the manufacturing industry and just in 2013, a total of 186 workers were killed at work in Australia. There are 58 compensation claims accepted every day from the manufacturing industry,’’ Cr Cummings said.

‘‘In this day and age it's just totally unacceptable to have that amount of people killed at work.’’

Cr Cummings invited people who have lost loved ones to install a plaque at the memorial site’s ‘wall of memory’, which includes the names of deceased workers with some connection to Holroyd.

‘‘There's in excess of 20 names,’’ Cr Cummings said. ‘‘Another two will be installed this year.’’

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