McGuinty Government Observes Day of Mourning to Honour Fallen Workers

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McGuinty Government Observes Day of Mourning to Honour Fallen Workers

Reaffirms Commitment To Reduce Injuries, Ensure Safe Workplaces TORONTO, April 28 - As another Day of Mourning is recognized across the province, all workplace parties must work together to find new ways to prevent injuries and deaths on the job, Labour Minister Chris Bentley said today. "Every year, approximately 300,000 workplace injuries occur in Ontario," said Bentley. "In 2003, 122 people were killed on the job - these statistics are alarming. These injuries and deaths are unacceptable. The Day of Mourning is a stark reminder there is more to be done to protect people at work." April 28 is recognized each year as a Day of Mourning to pay tribute to those who have died, suffered injury or experienced illness due to work-related causes. It was first declared by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984. Bentley marked the day by leading a moment of silence among his colleagues in the Ontario legislature and attending a ceremony in Woodbridge organized by the Toronto and York Region Labour Council. Flags at Queen's Park have also been lowered to half-mast to commemorate fallen workers. Over the past decade, Ontario's record for workplace injuries has improved dramatically. Although Ontario has one of the best records of any North American jurisdiction, reductions in injury rates have levelled off over the past couple of years. The government is committed to finding ways to encourage further reductions, and ensure Ontario's workers return from work safely. "Working together, we can achieve our goal of preventing workplace injuries and deaths to protect our most precious resource, our people's health," said Bentley. Disponible en fran├žais www.gov.on.ca/lab/For further information: Peter Fitzpatrick, Minister's Office, (416) 326-7710; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405