Special CN Tower Lighting to Illuminate the Critical Need for Workplace Safety



    WSIB Urges Everyone to Honour Ontario's Fallen Workers on Day of Mourning

    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - On April 28, the Workplace Safety and Insurance
Board (WSIB) asks everyone to join them in marking the National Day of
Mourning and honouring the millions of Ontarians whose lives have been forever
changed by a workplace injury, illness or fatality.
    "April 28th is a day to pay tribute to the workers and their families
affected forever by workplace tragedies," says Steve Mahoney, WSIB Chair. "But
we must do more than remember. On the 25th anniversary of the Day of Mourning,
I urge everyone to make April 28 a day of action focused on improving health
and safety in your own workplace."
    To commemorate the day, visitors to the WSIB's Toronto office at 200
Front Street West will be able to light a virtual candle at the interactive
Living Tribute which was unveiled at our Queen's Park Day of Mourning ceremony
last year. People can also light a virtual candle online by visiting
www.prevent-it.ca.
    In addition to the virtual candle, a special Day of Mourning Facebook
page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/April-28-Day-of-Mourning/67958452428) will
be available until April 29 for anyone to read and post memorial messages. As
well, the CN Tower will be illuminated in yellow as another visible tribute to
honour injured and fallen workers.
    "Lighting the CN Tower in yellow on April 28 is the most visible way to
illuminate the critical need for workplace safety and pay tribute to the
workers and families who have been impacted by a workplace incident," says
Mahoney. "Because yellow is traditionally a colour of hope, everyone who sees
the yellow CN Tower will be reminded that we must all do more to make
workplaces safe and healthy for ourselves, our co-workers, and future
generations."
    Last year, 78 people were killed by traumatic fatalities at work in
Ontario and another 257 from occupational disease. In addition, over 78,000
were injured seriously enough to miss work. For them, life will never be the
same. And when you consider their families and friends, there are millions of
Ontarians whose lives have been forever changed by a workplace incident.
    "As we face unprecedented economic challenges and competition for jobs
and market share becomes critical, it may seem that investing in workplace
safety is a luxury we can no longer afford," says Mahoney. "But now is exactly
the time to make workplace safety a priority. Exemplary workplace safety
practices can translate into stable jobs and happier, safer, more productive
workers. More importantly, investing in prevention saves lives - and that's
the best way we can honour those individuals who went out to earn a living one
day and ended up paying with their lives."
    The Day of Mourning was originated in Canada and first observed on April
28th, 1984, making 2009 the event's 25th anniversary. The Day of Mourning was
enshrined in federal legislation by an Act of Parliament in 1991. Today, Day
of Mourning ceremonies take place in more than 80 countries worldwide and at
the United Nations in New York City. Canadian flags on Parliament Hill and
Queen's Park fly at half mast on April 28th and the day is traditionally
marked by wearing black and yellow ribbons, lighting candles, observing a
moment of silence at 11:00 a.m., and sharing stories about how workplace
tragedies have touched peoples' lives.

    Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) plays a key role in
the province's occupational health and safety system. The WSIB administers
no-fault workplace insurance for employers and their workers and is committed
to the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses. The WSIB provides
disability benefits, monitors the quality of healthcare, and assists in early
and safe return to work for workers who are injured on the job or contract an
occupational disease.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Arnott, WSIB Media Relations, (416)
344-4202, christine_arnott@wsib.on.ca


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