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Day to Mourn fallen workers - Rick Bartolucci

April 28 is recognized as a Day of Mourning to pay tribute to those who have died, suffered injury, or experienced illness as a result of their jobs.

April 28 is recognized as a Day of Mourning to pay tribute to those who have died, suffered injury, or experienced illness as a result of their jobs. As Sudbury's member of provincial parliament, I urge all citizens to mark this important day and reaffirm a shared commitment to workplace safety.

The Day of Mourning is a time to reflect on the past and remember the tragedy of our fallen, injured and ill workers. It is also an opportunity to look toward the future and work together to improve the safety of Ontario workplaces.

While great strides have been made in health and safety, there is still much more to be done. In 2004 alone, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board reported 296 work-related deaths and more than 277,422 workplace injuries. These deaths and injuries are tragic and unacceptable.

Improving workplace health and safety must be a community effort; employers, workers and parents all have a role to play. Employers must provide safe workplaces with appropriate training and education.

Workers must follow safety procedures and report any safety hazards or concerns. Parents need to talk to their sons and daughters about health and safety before they begin summer or part-time jobs.

The Day of Mourning remains a stark, yet important, reminder there is more to be done to improve workplace health and safety. Working together, we can achieve our goal of healthier and safer workplaces.

Rick Bartolucci MPP, Sudbury




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