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October 22, 2019

Nova Scotians Remember Fallen Workers

first_imgNova Scotians will remember those who died at work during National Day of Mourning ceremonies across the province on Saturday, April 28. Premier Darrell Dexter and Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More will attend the ceremony held in Halifax at Province House with other safety partners to pay their respects and reinforce a shared commitment to safety. “Every year we gather to honour and remember those that have died at work and our thoughts go out those who have lost loved ones,” said Premier Dexter. “One fatality is one too many and no job is worth that price. Nova Scotians must keep health and safety a top priority, which is the only way to make sure workers get home safely at the end of the day.” Last year, 27 workers lost their lives at work, or because of work related injuries. In 2012, there have been 10 workplace fatalities to date. Three of the deaths were caused by chronic conditions like heart attacks and seven were a direct result of an incident at the workplace. “Nothing can replace a family member, co-worker or friend once they are gone. It only takes a second and lives can be changed forever,” said Ms. More. “Safety is everyone’s responsibility. In addition to the potentially devastating human costs, we also know that a safe workplace is a more productive one. It simply makes sense to ingrain safety into every aspect of our work.” The province continues to work with its partners to build a culture of safety in all workplaces. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives, or were injured, due to work,” said Nova Scotia Federation of Labour president Rick Clarke. “Twenty-seven workers did not come home in 2011 and this does not include the many others who died away from work due to unrecognized or undiagnosed occupational related illnesses.” “A person’s life should not be at risk when they are at work. Every workplace death or injury is preventable and we are committed to continuing our campaign for better enforcement of existing occupational health and safety legislation,” said Mr. Clarke. The latest statistics from the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia show that overall safety in the province is improving and that injury rates are at an all time low. “A safety culture is emerging in Nova Scotia and this progress is encouraging, but we can’t stop now,” said Stuart MacLean, board CEO. “We must remain focused on injury prevention to ensure that no other families have to suffer the devastation of a workplace tragedy.” For more information on the Day of Mourning, visit dayofmourning.ns.calast_img read more