As we recognize the 35th annual National Day of Mourning on April 28, a day first declared in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress, we 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.
“Too many peers, colleagues and loved ones continue to lose their lives as a result of workplace injuries each year,” said Laurie Hardwick, Director of Prevention Link. “This must stop. We must be more diligent in our ongoing efforts to keep Ontario workers healthy and safe on the job and ensure every worker gets home safe from work at the end of each day.”
In 2018, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board recorded 228 workplace fatalities provincially and approximately 253,991 workers filed a claim as a 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 increasingly important for every working Ontarian to be educated on their health and safety rights, responsibilities and prevention measures in the workplace,” said Hardwick. “Our 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 available shortly in multiple languages – 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 and Ontario Federation of Labour 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.
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.