Day of Mourning – April 28th
April 28th is dedicated as the International Day of Mourning for workers who died or were injured on the job. It is a day when we remember workers who died on the job or those who were injured while working. Every year we spend time thinking about and mourning those people who went to work one day and didn’t come home or came home but their lives were changed forever. Not only do we remember and spend time mourning but we also spare a thought for their families and friends. Everyone plays a role in health and safety, because a bad outcome affects everyone, not just the worker.
Every year we also commit to taking action to reduce death and injury in the workplace. Although commitment to change is essential, if we are only committed to change on one day a year, is there really going to be any significant change? This year let us all take a different approach. From the top down and from the bottom up, let’s get empowered to speak up when we see a hazard or an unsafe situation. Let’s get our managers and workers educated to ensure that they can foresee danger before it happens. Let’s think about the steps of our work ahead of time to figure out what could go wrong. Let’s especially protect our young workers since they will be entering the workforce in the coming weeks. Let’s get busy keeping each other safe! Wouldn’t it be great in the future if the people we were remembering were injured before 2019?