Canada’s National Day of Mourning was established on April 28, 1984 to commemorate those who have died, been injured or suffer from illness in the workplace.
In 2019, the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards reported 925 workplace fatalities across Canada. On top of those horrific fatalities, there were 271,806 claims of lost time due to a work-related injury or disease. These are just the cases that were reported. We know that there are may more injuries that go unreported.
This past year with the COVID-19 pandemic, more Canadians have realized the impact that workplace illnesses have.
At 11:00am today, we pause in a moment of silence to remember those who were injured or have lost their lives because of a workplace incident.
Have you lost a loved one because of a workplace injury? Threads of Life is an organization that brings together those families who have been affected by a workplace injury. You can find out more on their website: https://threadsoflife.ca/
It is also important today that you take some time to think about what safe practices and policies you have in your workplace in order to protect workers. Have you completed Job Hazard Analysis to identify hazards with each job? Have you created Safe Operating Procedures based on the hazards you identified? Do you have proper COVID-19 protocols in place? These are all things you need to do in order to protect yourself, your colleagues and your employees.
If you have question about how you can make the health and safety of your colleagues and employees a priority for your organization, please reach out to us, 519-532-2508 so we can help you find realistic solutions that work for you.