Light a virtual candle or post a story on Facebook to pay tribute to those impacted by a workplace fatality, injury or illness
TORONTO, April 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is joining individuals and organizations across the province and country in honouring those who have been impacted by a workplace fatality, injury or illness.
The WSIB is encouraging all individuals to visit its website (www.wsib.on.ca) to light a virtual candle to commemorate the National Day of Mourning, which is observed each year on April 28.
"By lighting a virtual candle, Ontarians and Canadians of all ages can unite in helping us pay tribute to a loved one or friend who has been killed on the job or suffered a workplace injury or illness," said WSIB Chair Steven Mahoney. "For those who have suffered a loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to you."
The WSIB's Day of Mourning website includes a link to a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/dayofmourning) that guests can use to post a photo or share a special memory of a loved one or friend whose life was lost due to a workplace incident or illness.
"The photos and stories on this page will not only keep these memories alive but also demonstrate the human toll that every workplace fatality, injury or illness has," said Mahoney. "These are real lives - not just numbers - that we're talking about. It's time for this carnage to end and each of us has a role in promoting healthier and safer workplaces."
The WSIB has also arranged for the iconic CN Tower to be illuminated on April 28 in yellow- a colour symbolic of hope.
"I hope everyone who is enjoying some time with their family or friends in downtown Toronto the evening of April 28 have an opportunity to look up at the tower and realize just how fortunate they are," said Mahoney. "Many Ontarians no longer have this luxury due to a tragic workplace incident or illness."
Mr. Mahoney will be representing the WSIB at a National Day of Mourning ceremony on Friday, April 27 at the Mississauga Civic Centre (Great Hall) at 9 a.m.
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is an independent trust agency that administers compensation and no-fault insurance for Ontario workplaces. We are committed to delivering what matters to the workers and employers of Ontario: fast, accessible service and fair benefits at a fair price. The WSIB provides wage loss benefits, medical coverage and help getting back to work - the best possible outcome following an injury on the job.
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