Today the TNDC team took time to reflect on safety and honour those who have lost their lives to workplace injuries and illness, marking April 28 Day of Mourning, a national day to remember those who have lost their lives from traumatic injury on the job or to workplace injury or illness.
Between 2016 and 2020 in BC, workplace injuries and illnesses have claimed the lives of 144 workers annually on average, due to traumatic injury or occupational disease from exposure to asbestos (with many exposures happening decades earlier).
Every injury, disease or death is preventable, and serves as a powerful reminder that employers and employees have a vital responsibility to ensure our workplaces are healthy and safe. With each worker tragedy there are loved ones, family members, friends and co-workers left behind who are directly affected and deeply impacted, with lives forever changed.
TNDC is committed to ensuring a safe work environment for our employees and everyone we work with, but we can’t do it alone. Safety is a shared commitment and a continuous journey that requires all employees to embrace a SAFETY FIRST, SAFETY ALWAYS mindset to ensure everyone we work goes home safe every day.
On this solemn day, the TNDC team pledged their commitment to safety to prevent workplace tragedies and ensure they and their co-workers finish their shifts safely every day. They also held a moment of silence to remember those who have lost their lives to workplace injuries and illness.
“Safety is our business and a value that never changes. Every accident, injury, incident and near miss is one too many, and a statistic no company wants. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. We ask all employees to look out for the safety of themselves and those around them. We are grateful every day for the contributions our employees make to our business, but even more grateful for their commitment to doing their jobs safely. We appreciate their pledge to safety on this sombre Day of Mourning,” says Paul Gruner, TNDC CEO.
About Day of Mourning
The Canadian Labour Congress was the first organization in the world to recognize the Day of Mourning in 1984. In 1991, Canadian Parliament passed the Workers Mourning Day Act, making April 28 an official Day of Mourning. Today it has spread to more than 100 countries around the world. In Canada, the Canadian flag on Parliament Hill is flown at half-mast. Employees observe the day in various ways – wearing ribbons, lighting candles, and observing moments of silence. Day To learn more, visit dayofmourning.bc.ca.