April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning to commemorate workers who have been killed or injured on the job, or who have fallen ill as a result of their work. The Day of Mourning began more than 20 years ago when the Canadian Labour Congress declared April 28 as a day of remembrance for those who had died or been injured on the job. It was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, and has spread to about 100 countries around the world.
Last year, four hundred and thirty-six deaths and more than 240,000 worker injuries and diseases were reported to Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. These numbers include losses within PSHSA’s sectors: 11 deaths in 2011 and one so far in 2012. While together we have made great strides in reducing workplace injuries, clearly there is more still to be done.
The Workers Health and Safety Centre offers a listing of events that are taking place in communities across Ontario on April 28. Some workplaces observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m.