This year marks the 34th annual National Day of Mourning, a day first declared in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress, to remember the many Ontario and Canadian workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness because of work-related incidents. Prevention Link honours and pays respect to the many families and friends who have been affected by these tragedies.
“One workplace death or injury is one too many,” said Laurie Hardwick, Director of Prevention Link. “It is everyone’s responsibility to help improve health and safety in the workplace and we must collaboratively strengthen our resolve to ensure every Ontario worker gets home safe.”
According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, 227 workplace fatalities were recorded provincially in 2017 and approximately 239,000 workers filed a claim as result of being injured or made sick at work.
Annually, thousands of injured workers suffer from resulting health complications, or undoubtedly, their injuries go unreported or are not attributed to their working conditions.
“It is vital for every Ontario worker to know their health and safety rights in the workplace from the first day they start a job,” said Hardwick. “Our new Lighthouse Initiative aims to do just that by helping newcomers to Ontario’s workforce and long-time workers in any sector learn more about their rights and the laws that guide them as a worker in our province.”
The Lighthouse Initiative offers critical information, via downloadable interactive fact sheets – with tips, quizzes and links – to help guide workers on their rights and obligations in Ontario workplaces. Visit preventionlink.ca/lighthouse to access the fact sheets, which are also available in a pocket-sized z-card format by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prevention Link staff will be attending National Day of Mourning events around the province. A comprehensive list of Ontario-wide events is available on the Workers Health & Safety Centre website. You can also add your support for Day of Mourning via Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s thunderclap campaign. A single, one-time tweet or Facebook post will be sent on your behalf at the same time as other supporters on April 27 at 10:30 am EDT. It’s a secure, free and simple way to show that you support worker health and safety.
Prevention Link, a Government of Ontario supported initiative governed by the Ontario Federation of Labour Executive Committee, is a leading provider of training and advisory support on secondary prevention of workplace injury in the province. For information, visit preventionlink.ca and follow @PreventionLink on Facebook and Twitter.
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