Hundreds of workers gathered in Roma Street Parklands today, to remember those lost in workplace accidents.

Last year, 185 Australians died, highlighting the need for safer workplaces.

Jorgia White reports.


A sea of yellow and orange flocked to Roma Street Parklands.

To commemorate the people who lost their lives at work.

Michael Ravbar, Secretary of Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union: “We remember the dead, but we also fight for the living.”

International Workers Memorial Day highlights the importance of fighting for workplace rights.

Ann McCallum knows all too well the pain of losing someone to a preventable workplace death.

Her son Mark was killed on a construction site.

Ann & Paul McCallum, Mother and Step-Father: “It is just so far and wide, seven years on and we still live with the same impact.”

Mrs McCallum says the ‘stand up, speak up, come home’ campaign is one everyone should live by, in an effort to reduce the workplace death toll.

Last year, 185 Australians died in workplace incidents, 32 were Queenslanders.

This sad statistic continues to grow with more than 40 work place related deaths being recorded in Australia this year

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says allowing unions to enter job sites unannounced will help.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Qld Premier: “My government will introduce workplace health and safety laws that will protect workers at your workplace, that is my commitment.”

Unions say they won’t stop fighting for safer workplaces, so that all workers can return home.

Jorgia White, QUT News.