April 28th is recognized as the Day of Mourning and was established in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress. It is a day to remember those who have been killed or injured as a result of a work-related incident or occupational disease. It also serves as a reminder for workplaces to continue to support healthy and safe work practices throughout the year. This day is not only recognized across Canada, but in over 100 countries worldwide.
Thousands of workers have suffered an illness, been injured, or even killed as a result of a work-related event. Due to these tragedies, many families and friends have been severely affected. This is why it is important for employers and employees to approach workplace health and safety as a high priority. Every employee has the right to a healthy and safe workplace. As well, every worker has the right to return home safely after their work day. Employers and workers need to continue to work together to prevent deaths and injuries before they occur.
On April 28th we encourage you to take a moment of silence and/or attend a remembrance ceremony to honour the memory of all workers who have lost their lives, been injured, or suffered an illness resulting from a workplace related event.
Martiquea Mclean / Workers’ Compensation Administrator / PEO Canada