Lift safety focus of International Workers Memorial Day for E tū

26 April, 2017

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Lift safety focus of International Workers Memorial Day for E tū

E tū is focussing on lift safety as part of commemorations for International Workers Memorial Day which is marked globally on April 28th.

This is the day workers worldwide remember those who died on the job, or from work-related diseases and illnesses.

E tū will hold a short service on Wellington’s waterfront in remembrance of lift engineer, Brendon Scheib who died in January, 2016 whilst repairing a lift in the Harcourts Building in Wellington.

Brendon’s family, including his wife Deb, and the couple’s four daughters will attend, along with Brendon’s former colleagues in the industry, and representatives from other unions.

“The most important thing to highlight on this day is that everyone has the right to return home at the end of their working day, in one piece, to their families,” says E tū Senior National Industrial Officer, Paul Tolich.

E tū is working with the industry to improve the rules around lift safety after Worksafe’s report into Brendon’s death found the industry’s voluntary Code of Practice is inadequate.

Paul says Worksafe needs to act quickly to put in place an enforceable code to keep lift workers safe and seems to be dragging the chain.

“The price of a safe workplace is eternal vigilance. Worksafe found the voluntary Code of Practice for Brendon’s industry falls short and won’t endorse it.

“The best way to remember Brendon is to put this right. E tū is focussed on having enforceable Codes of Practice in all industries, including the lift industry, which give people a much better chance of coming home in one piece.”

ENDS

For more information, contact:

Paul Tolich E tū Senior National Industrial Officer ph. 027 593 5595

What: Workers Memorial Day service

When: Friday,12 Noon 28 April.

Where: Wellington Waterfront, on the sculpture walk between Te Papa and Circa Theatre 

About 60 people a year die in New Zealand from work-related accidents every year.

Between 600 and 900 workers die every year from work-related illnesses and diseases with up to 6000 hospitalised because of injuries or illnesses related to their work.