REDwire Workers killed on the job remembered through National Day of Mourning

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The federal government recognizes April 28 as a National Day of Mourning.

Risk of injury is an inherent element of many jobs. That’s why it is critical that safety be embedded into every workplace policy and procedure. The number-one priority should always be to minimize accidents and incidents on the job. 

Unfortunately, workplace injuries and deaths continue to be a significant issue across Canada. According to the the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada, 2014 saw 919 workplace deaths in Canada, up from 902 the previous year. This represents more than 2.5 deaths every single day.

To remember those who have lost their lives on the job, the federal government has recognized April 28 as a National Day of Mourning. Since its inception in 1991, the day of mourning has spread to about 80 countries around the world. 

On April 28 here in Canada, Ottawa’s Parliament Hill will fly the Canadian flag at half mast, and workers will light candles, wear ribbons and black armbands, and take a moment of silence to honour lost workers. In addition, Twitter users are encouraged to show support at #dayofmourning. 

In an effort to minimize the number of workplace accidents and incidents that can lead to injury and fatalities, businesses must strive to establish safe conditions, a comprehensive understanding of hazard identification and elimination, and a trained and knowledgeable workforce. 

CSA Group can help. It offers standards and training that support a wide variety of occupational health and safety issues and concerns, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), electrical safety on the job, fall protection, ergonomics and comprehensive training — all with the goal of helping to establish safe and compliant workplaces.

To learn more, contact CSA Group.

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