89 Niagara workers injured in 2022 as National Day of Mourning Calls for safer workplaces

No one should be unsafe at work.

On April 28, Mayor Wayne Redekop, members of Fort Erie town council, and the Niagara Regional Labour Council gathered at a dedicated monument to recognize the National Day of Mourning.

Credit: Town of Fort Erie | Facebook

April 28 each year is dedicated to mourning those who lost their lives or suffered injury or illness on the job.

This is done through flying flags at half-mast, lighting candles, laying wreaths, wearing commemorative pins, ribbons or black armbands, or pausing for a moment of silence, observed at 11 a.m.

According to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, in 2022, there were 993 workplace fatalities recorded across the country. Among those deaths were 33 workers aged 15-24.

Here in Niagara Region, 89 workers were injured at work in 2022, the most recent year for which statistics are available.

Lou Ann Binning, president of the Niagara Regional Labour Council, said in a press release that “too many workers are still getting injured, falling ill or dying” on the job.

“Work should be getting safer, but the numbers show that’s not happening. One workplace death is already unacceptable. Hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries and illnesses per year is unconscionable. Workers have a right to a job that doesn’t make them sick and work that gets them home safe to their loved ones every day,” said Binning.

“Employers and governments must invest in prevention. Workers will not stand by while employers cut corners on health and safety to save a few dollars. It is essential that governments commit to and resource robust enforcement of health and safety regulations.”

Canada has observed the Day of Mourning since 1991 when the Workers Mourning Day Act was passed, eight years after the day of remembrance campaign was first launched by the Canadian Labour Congress.

The Day of Mourning has since spread to more than 100 countries around the world and is also recognized as Workers’ Memorial Day.

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