Week 17 of 2017

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17 Workers Henry Tayali Wood cutWorkers by Henry Tayali

The artwork workers portrays a group of men in overalls, carrying mattocks and pickaxes on their shoulders. The men's dress code, tools, posture and the tall buildings parallel to them suggest that they are walking towards a working site which could be a mining plant.

This week we celebrate the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and the Workers Day set for next week. World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an awareness-raising campaign intended to spotlight international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide.The day was declared by the International Labor Organization (ILO) to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.

All organizations have a duty of care to ensure that employees and any other person who may be affected by the companies undertaking remain safe at all times. Occupational safety and health can be important for moral, legal, and financial reasons. Moral obligations would involve the protection of employee's lives and health while legal and financial reasons relate to the preventative, punitive and compensatory effects of laws that protect worker's safety and health.