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Posted in: Mental Health,Worker's Compensation Board,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on April 25, 2023

April 28th marks the National Day of Mourning in Canada. A day to remember and honor workers who have lost their lives or suffered injuries on the job. This day is an important reminder of the ongoing need to prioritize workplace safety and prevent future tragedies.

According to the latest statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), in 2020, there were 925 workplace fatalities in Canada, which is a slight decrease from the 1,027 reported in 2019. However, this still represents almost 3 lives every day of the year, which is significant and highlights the need for continued efforts to improve workplace safety.

In Alberta, the numbers are also concerning. According to the latest data from the Government of Alberta, there were 144 workplace fatalities in the province in 2020, up from 125 in 2019. This represents a 15% increase and underscores the need for more action to protect workers in the province.

The impact that these and other work-related accidents have on workers and their families can be devastating, as they struggle to put their lives back together either after the loss of a loved one, or figure out how to recover and cope with life-altering injury or illness. Despite the assistance and support provided by the Workers’ Compensation Board, the Alberta Health Care system and other government programs, the fallout and lingering effects continue long after the crises are over and out of the headlines.

Although we will never be able to prevent or avoid 100% of fatal or serious injury accidents, it is only through continued education, awareness and attention that we can minimize the number and the effects. On April 28th, the Canadian Flag will fly at half-staff, workers around the country will light candles, wear black armbands and ribbons and observe a moment of silence.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling following a work-related injury or fatality, Threads of Life can provide a wealth of support and resources.

The National Day of Mourning is an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the importance of workplace safety and renew our commitment to preventing workplace injuries and fatalities. While progress has been made in reducing the number of workplace deaths in Canada and Alberta, there is still much work to be done to ensure that every worker returns home safe at the end of the day.

We must all do our part to prioritize workplace safety, whether by speaking up about hazards, following safety protocols and guidelines, or advocating for better policies and regulations. Together, we can create a safer and more just workplace for all.

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