National Day of Mourning

Last updated on August 27th, 2022 at 07:36 pm

Fight for the Living, Mourn for the Dead

Turn of the century factory
Workers head to jobs
Each day expecting safety there
Only to die. Why?

D. Nix, 2014

source: Ontario Federation of Labour

Today, 28-April is Canada’s National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job. In the past, Canada has implemented many innovations in workplace safety, and yet each year nearly 1000 mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, daughters and sons die at work.

The National Day of Mourning was recognized by the Canadian Federal Government in 1991 and is now recognized in more than 80 countries.

Take the time today to mourn those killed at work, and then take action to reduce the risks to your employees and your co-workers. The life you save might just be your own.

For more information on Canada’s National Day of Mourning, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

This day is also observed in the European Union. See Workers’ Memorial Day on the EU-OSHA web site.

See CBC News’ article, “Workplace Safety by the Numbers“, for a look at how many are injured each year, and what sectors are the most dangerous places to work.

See Dorothy Wigmore’s article on the History of April 28.

See the Ontario Ministry of Labour Statement on April 28th.

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