Both the CN Tower and the TORONTO sign will be lit yellow Thursday evening in tribute to all workers who have been killed on the job, or have been injured.
April 28 is a National Day of Mourning. The one-week campaign also calls attention to workplace safety.
The most recent numbers from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada show that in 2014, there were 919 workplace deaths; thirteen were young workers aged 15-19 years, and twenty-five were workers aged 20-24 yrs.
Employees are encouraged to become familiar with their workplaces, know their health and safety rights, as well as their responsibilities.
“Workers new to a job are three times more likely to be injured during the first month on the job than more experienced workers. Employers across Ontario need to ensure that all workers come home safe and sound every day. With so many young people working at precarious jobs, we’ve seen many dangerous situations in workplaces. It is very important for young workers to know their health and safety rights from day one on the job.” – Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU
Provincial Labor Minister Kevin Flynn released a statement Thursday:
“Today is the Day of Mourning — a day when we pause to honour and remember all people who have been killed or injured on the job.
The Day of Mourning was established to mark an important event for workers. It was on April 28, 1914, that the Ontario Legislature passed the first Worker’s Compensation Act. Now, on each Day of Mourning, we take time to remember, reflect and re-commit.
We remember lives lost or forever changed by the simple act of going to work. We reflect on the past and we re-commit ourselves to making workplace health and safety a priority and to taking action to prevent workplace tragedies.
Together, we have come a long way. Over the past decade our province’s annual rate of workplace injuries has dropped by more than 40 per cent, making Ontario’s workplaces among the safest in the world.
Despite this progress, too many people continue to lose their lives or suffer an injury or illness because they showed up to work.
No job is worth a life. No job is worth an injury.
We know we cannot rest as long as one person is injured on the job. Regulation and enforcement alone are not enough. We must change society’s attitudes. Workplace injuries can never be seen as just the ‘cost of doing business.’
On this day, we must each dedicate ourselves to doing what we can so that people who go to work also return home safe and sound every day. I urge all Ontarians to make workplace health and safety a personal priority – discuss it with your colleagues, speak to your children. All Ontarians need to know they should refuse unsafe work, and all employers need to know they are responsible for the actions of their employees”.
— WSIB (@WSIB) April 27, 2016
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