Machinery Safety 101

National Day of Mourning

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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