National Day of Mourning

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pallison

On Friday, April 28, Canada will observe the National Day of Mourning. It commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents. Canada was the first nation to recognize the Day of Mourning and since 1984, acknowledgement of the day has spread to many countries and is now observed throughout the world.

Below is a brief look at the statistics for British Columbia workers for the year 2016, who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents.

• There were 144 work-related deaths.

• Of the 144 work-related deaths, 85 were the result of occupational disease.

• The gender breakdown for work-related deaths is 138 males and 6 females.

• A total of 103,548 short-term disability, long-term disability, and health-care only claims were accepted in 2016.

• Workplace injury and illness resulted in nearly 2.6 million lost days of work.

Royal Roads University is participating by declaring April 28 a Day of Mourning and will continually strive to prevent workplace illness, injuries and deaths. Tens of thousands of workers and employers will wear Day of Mourning decals at ceremonies across the province. For a list of ceremonies taking place in British Columbia on April 28 visit http://www.dayofmourning.bc.ca/

 

Paul Allison

Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee Member