Next Tuesday, April 28
, workers, their families and others will gather at community events across Ontario to remember those killed as a result of unsafe and unhealthy work.
On this day, the National Day of Mourning (DOM)
, they will also recognize the hundreds of thousands who annually suffer injuries and develop illnesses caused by unsafe and unhealthy work.
Equally important, DOM events serve as a reminder and a source of inspiration that much work remains to end this preventable suffering
The Workers Health & Safety Centre’s (WHSC) theme for the 2015 Day of Mourning —the strength of one, the power of many
— recognizes the essential contributions individual workers, health and safety representatives and others make in the pursuit of prevention. Though, it also highlights the need to engage a wider audience to further the goal of safer and healthier workplaces.
This approach laid the foundation for Ontario’s first Occupational Health & Safety Act
) more than 30 years ago.
More recently, it led to new employer obligations to ensure untrained or inadequately trained construction workers complete a Ministry of Labour (MOL)-approved, working at heights training program before they can work at heights and use fall protection equipment and systems.
The National Day of Mourning was first recognized by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984 to raise public awareness about worker injuries, illness and death. The Canadian Parliament officially acknowledged the Day of Mourning in 1991. Today the day is observed in more than 100 countries worldwide
As in past years, the WHSC will lend support to the many workers, unions, labour councils, community partners and others who organize Day of Mourning events and activities across the province (see below for link to events
Want to know what DOM events are happening in your community?
Want to know more about the DOM from the WHSC?
Want to read OHCOW’s DOM message?
Want to know how WHSC training can help your workplace secure safer, healthier work?
For more information from the WHSC:
Call: 1-888-869-7950 and ask to speak to a training service representative