April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning, and the City of Humboldt is remembering all those who have lost their lives or were injured due to a workplace tragedy.
“It is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses, and deaths,” says the City of Humboldt in a social media posting.
On September 18, 2019, the City of Humboldt lost a member of their team in a workplace incident.
“As we will never be able to begin to imagine the feelings of loss, sadness, and mourning of his family, we can relate to how it feels to lose an employee, co-worker, and friend. Incidents like this hurt and are simply unimaginable to experience.”
The City of Humboldt asks that people take the time to acknowledge, promote and support safe working conditions within organizations throughout the day.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety also asks people to take a moment of silence at 11:00 am on April 28.
According to the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), in 2021, there were 1,081 workplace fatalities recorded in Canada, 1,009 of which were male workers, and 72 were female workers. Among these deaths were 18 young workers aged 15-24.