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May 19, 2022

Two Romanian workers killed on London worksites commemorated on Workers Memorial Day

Romanian workers Marian Nemit (21) and Marian Iancu (39), both killed in workplace accidents in the United Kingdom last year, were commemorated on Thursday, on Workers Memorial Day. Trade union members, militants, colleagues and relatives of people killed at the workplace took part in a rally commemorating the victims of workplace accidents.

The event took place at the Waltham Forest City Hall, Forest Rd., E17, and the rally started in Bakers Arms, Leyton, where Romanian worker Marian Nemit died in April last year. Just 21 years old, Marian was injured during renovation works on the Bakers Arms building. The Romanian succumbed to the injuries caused by a wall that collapsed on top of him, and now his family is receiving aid from the Families Against Corporate Killers organisation, the press release remitted to the editorial office by the Waltham Forest Trades Council shows.

In the UK, each year 1,500 to 1,600 people are killed while doing their jobs – including those killed on the roads while working. It is estimated between 20,000 to 50,000 people die each year in GB from work-related diseases – about 5,000 from asbestos diseases alone. Successive governments have repeatedly said almost all of this is predictable and preventable by employers who still fail to protect their employees and the general public.

Dave Knight, President of Waltham Forest Trades Council said: “The United Nations say there are more people killed at work every year than those killed by war and that the majority of these workplace deaths are predictable, preventable and caused by negligent employers. That is why every year we mark 28 April by remembering those killed at and by work, and recommitting to the fight to stop the damage work does.”

Workers Memorial Day is an event that takes place all over the world each year, on April 28, in the memory of the people killed, injured and maimed. The possibilities of preventing such unfortunate events are also discussed on this day.

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