WSIB Holds Day of Mourning Ceremony at Workers Memorial

    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - To mark the national Day of Mourning, the
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) honoured the 101 Ontario workers
who died in 2006 due to traumatic injuries, and the many more who lost their
lives at work and suffered from workplace injuries and illnesses, in a solemn
ceremony today. Invited dignitaries, guests and WSIB staff gathered in
remembrance at Simcoe Place, located beside the WSIB workers memorial in
    "The sad reality is that for the victims of workplace tragedy and their
families and friends, every day is a day of mourning," said the Hon. Steven W.
Mahoney, P.C., Chair of the WSIB. "Today we remember the fallen but must also
renew our commitment to protecting the living. It is totally unacceptable that
even one worker dies, is injured or becomes ill on the job in a province and
country as economically and socially advanced as ours. That is why we must
accept nothing less than Zero tolerance when it comes to workplace injuries,
illnesses and fatalities."
    At 11 a.m. today, Mahoney, together with WSIB President Jill Hutcheon and
other dignitaries and welcomed guests, observed one minute of silence.
Following this, Mahoney and two young children laid a wreath of flowers at the
workers memorial statue in honour of fallen workers. Four-year-old Zachary
Sandford was one of the children and is the son of Jim Sandford Jr. who was
killed on the job in 2005.
    "Jim was athletic, articulate and full of life. His greatest passion in
life, his son, came only two years prior to his sudden death," said his
father, Jim Sandford Sr. "Although Zachary isn't able to see his father
anymore, it's days like today that keep Jim's spirit and memory alive."
    April 28th marks the national Day of Mourning and is observed to
commemorate those killed or hurt by workplace injuries or disease. It is also
a day that calls on workers and employers to commit to eliminating all
workplace injuries and fatalities. Declared by the Canadian Labour Congress in
1984, the Day is marked by holding vigils, flying flags at half-mast,
unveiling monuments and wearing black ribbons and armbands.

    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.

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For further information: or to arrange an interview with Mr. Mahoney,
please contact: Christine Arnott, WSIB Media Relations, (416) 344-4202,

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