Each year, we commemorate a day to remember those who have suffered from a workplace tragedy.
The first Canada-wide National Day of Mourning was recognized on April 28, 1991. Seventeen years later, Day of Mourning is honoured around the world in over 80 countries, remembering those who have been killed or severely injured on the job.
In addition to remembering those who have suffered as a result of a workplace tragedy, Day of Mourning also reminds us of the importance of occupational safety. Organizations across the country hold events to remind us that workplace injuries and illnesses are not only tragic, but also preventable.
Threads of Life is a national registered charity dedicated to supporting families dealing with life-altering workplace injuries, occupational diseases and fatalities. Their primary fundraising initiative, Steps for Life, helps raise money for their Family Support Program. To find out more about Steps for Life and how you can support the cause, check out their website or follow event updates on Facebook.
SAFE Workers of Tomorrow will host their Leaders’ Walk on Friday, April 27 at 10:30-11:45 AM. The walk begins at Union Centre and proceeds to the Manitoba Legislative Building to promote workplace safety for youth.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Day of Mourning and how you can help spread awareness around the importance of workplace safety, see more resources from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.