National Day of Mourning: April 28th
ELLIOT LAKE– Each year in over 80 countries around the world, citizens pause to remember those who have suffered injury, developed illness due to exposure conditions or materials and those who have perished from their workplace.
MPP Michael Mantha stated, “It is important that we take time to gather to acknowledge the sacrifice of our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters and coworkers. Each day like so many of us, they headed off to work, intent of offering their labour to both support their loved ones and help our nation to prosper and grow.” They went to work secure in the knowledge that they have the support of their coworkers, laws and health and safety standards to ensure they were coming home again after a day’s work.
According to the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada, each year there are nearly 1,000 workplace fatalities in Canada and over 250,000 lost time injury and disease claims are accepted by compensation boards.
“Each year on April 28th we celebrate the National Day of Mourning to honour and respect those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy,” said Mantha. “However it is just as important that we collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.”
Mantha wishes to remind everyone that while no one can do everything, but together we can collectively make a difference in our workplace. We must challenge each other and ourselves to taking simple steps such as identifying and reporting workplace hazards and volunteering to be a workplace health and safety representative just may serve to prevent an accident or save a life.
Mantha stated, “As we observe this National Day of Mourning, remember that the key to safety is in our hands.”