National Day of Mourning

Fight for the Living, Mourn for the Dead

Turn of the century factory
Turn of the cen­tu­ry fac­to­ry

Apr 28 Day of Mourning

Work­ers head to jobs

Each day expect­ing safe­ty there

Only to die. Why?


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 Adam Wargon’s arti­cle on the His­to­ry of April 28.

See State­ment by Min­is­ter Leitch on the Nation­al Day of Mourn­ing.

Author: Doug Nix

Doug Nix is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Compliance InSight Consulting, Inc. ( in Kitchener, Ontario, and is Lead Author and Senior Editor of the Machinery Safety 101 blog. Doug's work includes teaching machinery risk assessment techniques privately and through Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Kitchener, Ontario, as well as providing technical services and training programs to clients related to risk assessment, industrial machinery safety, safety-related control system integration and reliability, laser safety and regulatory conformity. For more see Doug's LinkedIn profile.