Honour fallen workers by making workplaces safer says Minister

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Honour fallen workers by making workplaces safer says Minister

Legislature Observes Moment of Silence TORONTO, April 28 - All Ontarians must take the time to reflect on the impact that work-related injuries and fatalities have on families and communities, and redouble their efforts to protect workers, said Labour Minister Chris Bentley, marking Day of Mourning. "Workplace injuries are preventable," said Bentley. "No job is worth a life. No family member should ever have to pick up the phone and be told that a spouse, or parent, or child, or loved one will not be coming home." Day of Mourning is marked every April 28 to honour workers who have been killed, injured, or become ill in the workplace. It was first declared by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984. The minister is marking Day of Mourning today by attending a dedication ceremony at the offices of the Ontario Nurses' Association in Toronto, leading a moment of silence in the Legislature, and attending a ceremony in Hamilton organized by the Hamilton and District Injured Workers' Group. "Today is the day we remember. But to properly honour this memory we must work together every day of the year to prevent injuries and fatalities in Ontario," said Bentley. Disponible en fran├žais For more information visit www.gov.on.ca/lab/For further information: Peter Fitzpatrick, Minister's Office, (416) 326-7710; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405