Stopping to remember, striving to prevent
the tragedy of workers killed or injured at work
The National Day of Mourning will be marked next Thursday, April 28. Why should we be pausing to remember those workers who have been killed or injured at work?
The numbers tell the story. In the latest stats, 919 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada. That was in 2014 and it was up from 902 the previous year. This represents more than 2.5 deaths every single day across the country. In the 20-year period from 1995 to 2014, 18,039 people lost their lives due to work-related causes.
It started in Canada, and is now marked around the world.
First launched by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1983, the National Day of Mourning, was officially recognized by the Canadian government in 1991. It has since spread to about 80 countries around the world and has been adopted by the AFL-CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade.
The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast. Workers will light candles, don ribbons and black armbands and observe moments of silence. Businesses are asked to participate by declaring April 28th; a Day of Mourning and to strive to prevent workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries.
On April 28, please join one of the ceremonies across the country, or light your own candle. Pause a moment at 11 a.m. to honour lives forever changed, and renew your commitment to workplace health and safety.
Find out what's happening near you
Click on one of the links below (info from Threads of Life website)
BRITISH COLUMBIA: dayofmourning.bc.ca
ALBERTA: Workersâ€™ Compensation Board of Alberta and the Alberta Construction Safety Association
SASKATCHEWAN: WorkSafe Saskatchewan
MANITOBA: Safe Work Manitoba
ONTARIO: Workers Health & Safety Centre
NOVA SCOTIA: dayofmourning.ns.ca and read Stories from workers and families affected by a workplace tragedy
PEI: Workerâ€™s Compensation Board of PEI
NEW BRUNSWICK: The New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL) and WorkSafeNB team up to organize Day of Mourning ceremonies across the province
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR: WorkplaceNL
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES AND NUNAVUT: Workersâ€™ Safety and Compensation Commission