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Statements from Chief Prevention Officer and Ontario Prevention Council on Day of Mourning

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Statement by Chief Prevention Officer on Day of Mourning

April 28th is recognized as the Day of Mourning across Ontario — a day to remember those who have suffered or died because of a workplace injury or illness.

Over the past ten years, the number of workplace fatalities has not declined in an appreciable way. This is totally unacceptable.

We, as supervisors, employers, unions, regulators, and system partners need to increase our resolve by working together to protect and strengthen health and safety in all workplaces in Ontario.

To honour the memories of the victims, we must make good on our commitment to eliminate workplace injuries and fatalities once and for all.

Success is attainable if we work together towards this common goal. I ask all Ontarians to reflect on how they can contribute to make workplaces and communities healthier and safer, and then to act on that reflection.

Prevention Council Statement on the Day of Mourning

As Ontario’s Prevention Council, we recognize the profound loss when a loved one is injured, suffers an illness or dies from a workplace incident.  On this Day of Mourning, we join with everyone in our province to honour the memory of those we have lost.

Every workplace injury, illness and fatality deeply affects each and every one of us. As leaders and champions of occupational health and safety, this is our call to action: that all workplaces make health and safety their key value and priority. 

As part of this day, Prevention Council is renewing our commitment to the prevention, education and enforcement of workplace health and safety with the goal of eliminating workplace incidents and illnesses. Every worker should return home from work safely, each and every single day.

  • Patrick Dillon, Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario
  • Colin Grieve, Hamilton Professional Firefighters Association Local 288 IAFF
  • Nancy Hutchison, Secretary Treasurer of the Ontario Federation of Labour
  • Derek Johnstone, Ontario Regional Director, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW Canada)
  • Graeme Norval, Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Michael Oxley, President and Chief Financial Officer, DuPont Canada
  • Roy Slack, President, Cementation Canada Inc.
  • Dawn Tattle, President and Partner, Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd.
  • Linda Vannucci, Director, Toronto Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic
  • Susanna Zagar, Chief Strategy Officer at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

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