Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Commemorating workers injured or killed on the job

April 20, 2020

Tuesday, April 28th is the national Day of Mourning, a day set aside to honour the memory of workers who have been injured or killed on the job. On this day, and throughout the year, Islanders are encouraged to remember those we have lost and those affected by workplace tragedy, by raising awareness of workplace safety.

 

The Day of Mourning was first recognized in Canada in 1984, and since then has been commemorated in over 100 countries worldwide.

 

“On Tuesday, we encourage all Islanders to take a moment to remember the people who did not return home to their loved ones because of a workplace injury or illness,” said Jim MacPhee, Workers Compensation Board Chair. “Together, we must commit to making PEI workplaces safer, so that no family has to endure this type of loss.”

 

“Though we can’t hold in-person gatherings this year, the enduring message of Day of Mourning – to mourn for the dead and fight for the living – is more important than ever,” states Carl Pursey, President, PEI Federation of Labour. “The global COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we live and work. “Now, more than ever, we must ensure that our workplaces are safe and that our workers are protected.”

  

 

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Media Contact:
Laura Steeves, Senior Communications Coordinator
902-894-0362 or news@wcb.pe.ca