OTTAWA, April 28 /CNW/ - The Day of Mourning is a nationally recognized
day to mourn the fallen from industrial disease and workplace death. On
April 28th Canada reflects on those that gave their lives for infrastructure,
buildings we all enjoy and roadways we all drive on. The Canadian
Building Trades regrets every injury, every life lost and every
occupational disease developed in the workplace. The Day of Mourning
is also a day to try and proactively affect the future. Our trades not
only reflect at this time of year but also work collaboratively to
prevent future tragedies on jobsites across this country one safety
harness or boot at a time.
Robert Blakely, Director of Canadian Affairs says "the Day of Mourning
is something that most families who have been touched by industrial
tragedy or illness pay attention to. It is a legislated day of
mourning in Canada and we all should reflect on their loss. Our trades
go to work every day with the expectation of returning home to their
families. All Canadians should do their part and speak up when
something unsafe is occurring in their workplace."
Robert Kucheran, General Vice President of International Union of
Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) says "all across Canada the skilled trades we stop to reflect by improving our safety routines". Kucheran says,
"Collaboration with provincial regulators is moving us in the right
direction in terms of construction worker safety. Worker safety must be
on everyone's mind."
John Telford, Canadian Director of the United Association of Plumbers
and Pipefitters (UA) says the Day of Mourning is significant "because
no one needs to die for a job and the Day is an opportunity to refocus
on our workplace habits."
According to the Association of Workers Compensation Boards (AWCB) in
2009 there were 939 workplace fatalities in Canada.
For further information:
Government Relations and Public Affairs
Office: (613) 236-0653 ex 25
Cell: (613) 620-0653