Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day of Mourning Honours Fallen Workers

Flags will be flown at half-mast today to commemorate the National Day of Mourning. Across the country, Canadians will stop to remember friends and co-workers who died or were injured on the job.

On December 28, 1990, the Canadian government passed the Workers Mourning Day Act, which established an official day every year to commemorate workers killed or injured at work, as well as those who suffer from occupation-related illnesses.

The date April 28 was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the first comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Act in Canada. Although it began in Canada, the Day of Mourning is now observed in almost 100 countries around the world.

In addition to remembering fatalities and those injured on the job, the Day of Mourning is also intended as a day to renew our commitment to safer workplaces.

In 2009, occupational deaths in Alberta dropped to their lowest level in seven years.

For more information about the National Day of Mourning, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety website.

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