Day of Mourning
April 28th is the National Day of Mourning, a day to remember and honour workers who have lost their lives or been injured due to a workplace tragedy.
Workplace injuries and illnesses claimed the lives of 151 B.C. workers last year, with more than half (88) of the work-related deaths the result of occupational disease — 51 were the result of exposure to asbestos, with many exposures happening decades earlier. Every injury, disease, or death serves as a powerful reminder that employers have an important responsibility to ensure that all workplaces in B.C. are healthy and safe.
In lieu of a physical ceremony, we have compiled a five minute video with messages from WorkSafeBC, Cupe 556 and CUPE National:
The flags at Courtenay City Hall will also be lowered to half-mast. For more info: www.dayofmourning.bc.ca