Chair Bradley’s statement regarding the National Day of Mourning
Every year on April 28, we take some time to reflect on those who lost their lives or suffered injury as a result of performing their work duties.
In years past, we have all gathered in person to observe the National Day of Mourning through formal ceremonies. Attendees would share remarks and lay wreaths to mark this solemn occasion, while we pledge to take every step to keep the health and safety of all workers at the top of mind. As with many other important traditions, COVID-19 has forced us to recognize this occasion differently to ensure we are keeping one another safe.
One of the small silver linings of this pandemic has been our renewed focus on front-line workers and the important role they play in our society. For over a year now we have witnessed the crucial contribution these individuals make to our lives and I know I speak for many when I say we should be doing all we can to keep our workers healthy and safe.
As recently as 2019, there were still more than 900 fatalities, and hundreds of thousands of lost-time injury claims recorded at Canadian worksites. One death is too many, and we should be looking for ways to strengthen our policies and practices to ensure everyone makes it home alive and well.
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