OTTAWA, April 28, 2014 /CNW/ - To mark the National Day of Mourning held
each year on April 28, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of
Labour and Minister of Status of Women, issued the following statement:
"Today, on the National Day of Mourning, we would like to pay tribute to
the many Canadians who have been injured, killed or who suffer from
illness because of workplace accidents and hazards. I extend my deepest
sympathies to the families and friends of workers who lost their lives.
Work-related accidents and illnesses are detrimental to the families
affected and to our communities. As an orthopedic surgeon, I have seen
my share of job-related injuries and the effects they can have on the
patients, their families and their overall life. Workplace health and
safety is not something to be taken lightly.
In 2012 alone, in all Canadian workplaces, 245,000 people were injured
while working. Moreover, each year across Canada, in both provincially
and federally regulated sectors, close to 1,000 workers lose their
lives on the job.
Our government is committed to protecting the health and safety of our
most valuable resource—workers of all ages. We will continue to work
closely with employers, employees, regulators and stakeholders to raise
awareness in identifying work-related dangers and to help prevent
on-the-job accidents, injuries and illnesses.
Today, as we honour those workers who have lost their lives, let us make
a commitment to ensuring that our workers return home safely at the end
of their work day."
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
Office Employment and Social Development Canada
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