National Day of Mourning, a hard lesson in staying safe on the job
The National Day of Mourning is Saturday, a day to remember those lost and injured on the job.
Cowichan Lake's Gord Tuck was one of those injured on the job, losing his leg when he was 18 years old.
Tuck told SunFM News his mission is to get workers thinking more about their safety
“We are just trying to get people aware of what is going on, so they are thinking. You know there not just going out to a job blindly, they are thinking of what they should be looking for, risk assessment, just to make it safer for everybody. I don’t know if we can eliminate all accidents, but hopefully everybody can come home at the end of the day.”
Saturday’s Day of Mourning comes at a poignant time: just a few days after a mill explosion in Prince George killed two men and injured 18 others.
Robert Smits with the Nanaimo-Duncan District Labour Council said the day is a reminder of the risks at work.
“We want people to make sure that they go home to their families at night, not to the hospital or the morgue. People forget sometimes, they think it is modern times, things are much safer than they used to be, and that is true in some regards but not in all.”
Smits believes employers that contribute to a death or accident should be prosecuted under the law, and authorities are too often writing it off as simply a 'workplace' accident.
The district council is hosting Day of Mourning ceremonies in three locations Saturday, one at Lake Cowichan in the Woodworkers Memorial Park at 10:00 AM, as well as in Nanaimo and Parksville.
According to WorkSafe BC, in 2011, 142 people in the province lost their lives on the job.
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