April 28th is the National Day of Mourning, a day on which we stop to honour those colleagues in our workplaces that have suffered a fatality or serious injury at work and their families, who have to carry the burden of the loss. But this day is about much more than mourning our losses. It also presents an opportunity to pause and reflect on what we all can do now, and in the future, to prevent workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses. On this solemn occasion, let us rededicate ourselves to not only working safely, but also to creating a culture of prevention throughout our workplaces that makes an unsafe environment socially unacceptable and creates a collective focus for improvement.
We at CCOHS have dedicated ourselves to supporting the vision of eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses so that every worker returns home healthy and safe every day. We must continue to be ever vigilant. This is a day that we all can use to devote ourselves to the fundamental principle of caring for our fellow human beings and ensuring we never have to mourn a loss in our workplace again.