The National Day of Mourning is a time to honour those workers who have lost their lives, been injured or become disabled on the job, or who suffer from occupational disease. We also recognize the impact on families and friends affected by these tragedies and their need for continued support. In honour of these workers and their families, the flags at Carleton University will be lowered to half-mast on April 28th.

According to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), 852 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada in 2015. Among those dead were 15 young workers aged 15 to 24.In addition, there were 232,629 claims accepted for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease, including 8,155 from young workers aged 15 to 19.

These statistics only include what is reported and accepted by the compensation boards. It is safe to say that the total number of workers impacted is even higher.

The National Day of Mourning is a day to remember those lives lost or affected by a workplace tragedy, but also a day to renew our commitment to improving health and safety in the workplace and preventing further injuries, illnesses and deaths.

Join us in our commitment to health and safety at Carleton University. Take a moment to look around you. Do you see something that poses a hazard? Tell your supervisor and/or report it to EHS using the Good Catch report form.

Thank you for helping to make Carleton a safer place,

Sincerely, your EHS team

Nancy Delcellier, David Hunt, Tina Preseau, Tim Golding, and Melanie Lesieur