WorkCover NSW is encouraging employers and employees to take time on Sunday to remember those who have been killed at work or died of occupation-related diseases.

WorkCover NSW chief executive officer Julie Newman said Sunday, the International Day of Mourning, was a chance to pay tribute to those workers whose deaths caused significant social and financial costs.

There were 117 work-related fatalities in NSW in 2010-11, a reduction of 44 per cent since the NSW Workers Compensation Scheme commenced in 1987, she said in a statement on Friday.

"Every fatality is one too many and it is important to remember that robust work health and safety measures can save lives."

In NSW, a ceremony will be held on Sunday at noon (AEST) at Reflection Park, Little Pier Street, Darling Harbour.

"While the event is a time to pause and remember, it is also a time to reflect on safety as it applies to individual workplaces and to think about measures to reduce hazards and risks," Ms Newman said.

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