April 27, 2017
April 28th, National Day of Mourning
April 28th marks the National Day of Mourning to honor those workers who have been injured or died because of their employment. Observed in over 100 countries, April 28th encourages all of us to think of ways in which we can help to achieve the goal of safer and healthier workplaces. More than ever, the role unions play in narrowing the gaps and inequalities in health and safety have never been more important. Our union is committed to protecting our members' health and safety - through training, innovative health protection programs, better equipment, promotion of industry OH&S best practices and lobbying for enhanced OH&S regulations.
There is no doubt that health and safety has come a long way in our industry but we have more work to do. Every year we see the impacts of poor health and safety, either from work practices of the past or poorly managed job sites today. "Official" worker compensation fatality statistics across Canada remain unacceptable (852 deaths in 2015) and are widely regarded as dramatically underreported with occupational disease overtaking occupational safety as the main driver of occupational fatality statistics.
Year after year these statistics continue to serve one purpose: to highlight the fact that we need to do better and we can do better. To improve workplace health and safety requires vigilance - a constant and unrelenting commitment to save lives and to prevent injuries and illnesses.
Wherever you find yourself on April 28th, at home, on the road or on the job, please take a moment to remember our fellow brothers and sisters who have died because of their work. Keep these brothers and sisters, their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. In remembrance, let us all renew our commitment to health and safety and to each other so that every Boilermaker goes home safe at the end of the workday.
Day of Mourning Ceremonies and Tributes
On April 28, Day of Mourning, join one of the ceremonies across the country, or light your own candle. Pause a moment to honour lives forever changed, and renew your commitment to workplace health and safety.
For information on where to participate in one of hundreds of ceremonies taking place across the country:
Alberta: The Workers' Compensation Board of Alberta and the Alberta Construction Safety Association
British Columbia: Day of Mourning BC
Manitoba: Manitoba Federation of Labour
New Brunswick: WorkSafeNB
Newfoundland & Labrador: Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Atlantic
Northwest Territories & Nunavut: Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission
Nova Scotia: Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Ontario: Workers Health & Safety Centre and Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)
PEI: Workers' Compensation Board of PEI
Saskatchewan: WorkSafe Saskatchewan
Yukon: Yukon Federation of Labour