Anger over safety enforcement cuts after wall-collapse death
FRIENDS of a builder crushed to death by a collapsed wall paid heartfelt tributes yesterday, amid calls for a reversal of savage cuts to safety enforcement.
Marian Nemit was seriously injured while working on a renovation job at the Bakers Arms pub in Leyton, east London, on Tuesday last week.
Shortly afterwards the 21-year-old Romanian died at the Royal London Hospital, where an inquest began yesterday.
Waltham Forest Trades Council said it would be marking the deaths of Mr Nemit and other construction workers killed at work at its Workers’ Memorial Day commemorations next week.
Trades council president Dave Knight said: “This is yet another preventable work-related tragedy in Waltham Forest.”
“We will be calling for the next government to act to ensure anyone who leaves for work returns home safely at the end of their working day.
“The next government must reverse the cuts to worker safety at the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), who are our health and safety police and strengthen, not weaken further, their enforcement policy.
“Only then will we see an end to such awful tragedies.”
On social media, Mr Nemit was described by his friend Cristian Negut as “an angel who has gone through this miserable world” and “a little man with a big heart.”
“You will remain in my mind and soul, Marian Nemit,” he said. “You were such a loyal friend to me, with whom I would share my last slice of bread and everything that I had in difficult times.”
Mr Negut has also posted a heartfelt poem in honour of his friend.
The family have appealed to members of the Romanian community for funds to repatriate Mr Nemit’s body to his homeland.
“No-one wants his body to be forgotten in a foreign land, in a morgue,” they said in a message posted online.
Waltham Forest Trades Council will host a Workers’ Memorial Day rally on Tuesday at 1pm outside Walthamstow Assembly Hall.
The gathering will be addressed by union reps alongside local MP Stella Creasy.
About one and a half thousand people are killed each year while doing their jobs.