April 28 marks an official Day of Mourning to commemorate those workers who have suffered work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities. Statistics for 2014 show an average of 2.5 workplace related deaths per day, across Canada.
The purpose of Day of Mourning is twofold; to remember and honour those lives lost or injured and to renew the commitment to improving health and safety in the workplace. Typically the Canadian flag on Parliament Hill is flown at half-mast, and workers and employees observe this day in various ways including lighting candles, donning ribbons and black armbands, and observing moments of silence.
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Sarah Gavigan / Business Development Coordinator / PEO Canada