Municipalities across Midwestern Ontario are marking the National Day of Mourning Friday to remember those who lost their lives, suffered injury or illness on the job, or experienced a work-related tragedy.
The day is marked nationally every April 28. Flags have been lowered to half staff to highlight the importance of safe work and preventing further tragedies.
Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau said it is a day to renew a commitment to improve safety in those places where people earn their living, and to make sure they go home healthy after a hard day’s work. He pointed out council continually works with town staff to ensure the highest safety standards.
"I ask that everyone – residents, employees, and employers – take time to reflect on the workers and families who have been impacted by workplace tragedy. That’s why I’ve ordered flags on all Town properties to be lowered to half-mast today," added Charbonneau. "Please take the time to think about those who have lost their lives and remember that everyone needs to be able to work in a place where they are safe and where they can thrive."
West Grey Mayor Kevin Eccles said the national day of mourning highlights the importance of preventing workplace tragedies.
“This day reminds us that one injury, illness or death is one too many,” said Eccles. “Let’s turn our attention to prevention, so that all can be safe on the job.”