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A day to remember… Your six safety stories

By Matt King

Tomorrow, on April 28th, people all across Canada will hold a Day of Mourning, the annual event which recognizes all workers who have been killed, injured or disabled at their workplace.

A few weeks ago, we talked about the seriousness of safety and this is a perfect example. Last year, 123 workers died from workplace injury or disease in Alberta. That’s 123 families who are mourning a loss; 123 families who are missing something in their lives, or rather, someone.

Keep this in mind as you read these six safety stories, and tomorrow, remember those who died or were injured on the job.

  • Lost at sea… In Nova Scotia, Jennifer Bonin is one of many taking a moment to raise awareness for tomorrow’s Day of Mourning. Jennifer lost her longtime boyfriend three years ago in a fishing accident. Bonin is volunteering for Threads of Life, a charity that supports families and friends affected by death and injury in the workplace.
  • Mourning across the nation… On the other side of the country, in BC, Terry Woodman remembers her husband of 41 years, after he died on the job on July 16, 2009. The article also points out that an estimated 1,000 workers die in Canada every year as a result of workplace accidents, injury or disease.
  • The most dangerous game… CBC gives a breakdown of the three most dangerous industries, based on total fatalities, with statistics provided by the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC).
  • Getting specific… And if that article is too broad, here is something a little more specific: with 58 workers dying on the job last year in Massachusetts, GoLocal Worcester gives a rundown on where the highest danger is there, as well as some ideas on how to prevent it.
  • I’ll take “Safety” for 300, Alex… A group of junior high students from Port aux Basques, Newfoundland are taking part in a fast-paced game show competition held by the province’s Workplace Health and Safety Compensation Commission (WHSCC). The game show, now in its fourth year, aims to raise workplace safety awareness in young people.
  • Kids today, with their loud music and safety… Young workers in Newfoundland are also improving their safety record, with the WHSCC noting that the youth time incidence rate in Newfoundland is lower than the provincial average. Way to stay safe, Newfoundland!

Remember, work smart, work safe.

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