Renew Your Commitment to Safety on the National Day of Mourning
On April 28th, employers and employees from over 100 countries around the world will observe the National Day of Mourning.
On this day, we commemorate those who have been injured or who have lost their lives due to a workplace accident or incident.
Why a National Day of Mourning?
Workplace injuries and deaths have always been, and will continue to be a major concern in Canada. Workplace safety measures and protocols are important to implement as a means to minimize accidents and incidents.
The most recent statistics from 2015 show that there were 852 workplace related deaths, 15 of which ranging in age from 15 to 24. Additionally, there were 232,629 accepted claims of workplace related injury or disease.[i]
In order to shine a light on the work that still needs to be done, the Canadian Labour Congress adopted April 28th as a National Day of Mourning in 1984. In 1991, the Parliament of Canada made the day official when they passed the Workers’ Mourning Day Act. Since that time, other countries around the world have adopted and observe the day to show respect for the fallen.
How will your workplace observe the National Day of Mourning?
April 28th is about more than grieving the lost. It is about taking the lessons of the past to help ensure that future workplace accidents are prevented. It is about employers and employees working together and taking responsibility for workplace safety.
Many workers and their employers observe the day by using items of remembrance such as special pins or ribbons. They may also light candles, lay wreaths or have a moment of silence at 11:00 am. Federal government buildings will fly the Canadian flag at half-mast that day.
Some businesses and labour organizations choose to erect monuments on this day which often have the inscription of “Fight for the Living. Mourn for the Dead.” There is even a social media hashtag (#dayofmourning) that companies and individuals alike may use to show their support.
Observing the National Day of Mourning helps unite employers and workers and shows your employees that you are committed to their health and safety.
Renew Your Commitment to Workplace Safety
The days leading up to the National Day of Mourning are an ideal time for any company to renew their commitment to workplace safety. Consider using this time as an opportunity for a health and safety review meeting or a time to refresh your employees’ WHMIS training. Make sure that your employees feel comfortable with bringing any safety concerns to management.
It is also a good time to bring in third party consultants for seminars to emphasize the importance of health and safety. At TeksMed, we provide a number of training seminars and consulting services aimed at helping businesses with workplace injuries. We also provide recovery-at-work assistance so that if an employee is injured, they can return to work safely.
For more information on the workplace safety and injury management services that we provide, contact us at 1-877-850-1021.