Why it is so important:
- 902 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada in 2013 according to the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada.
- Although this is the lowest number in 13 years, it still represents 2.47 deaths every single working day
- Started in 1984 as Workers' Memorial Day by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
- Canadian Labour Congress declared it an annual day of remembrance in 1985
- Federal government passed the Workers Mourning Day Act in December 1990, making April 28, 1991 the first official National Day of Mourning
- The date 28 April was picked because on that day in 1914, the Workers Compensation Act received its third reading.
- The observance has spread to over 80 countries around the world
- International Labour Organization first observed World Day for Safety and Health at Work in 2001
Always remember, #SAFETYFIRST