Every year on April 28, we mark the National Day of Mourning which 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. The flags on Carleton’s campus will be lowered to half-mast.

We also honour the many families and friends who have been deeply affected by these tragedies.

Equally important is that we reflect on prevention and commit to make workplaces safer across the country.

The numbers tell the story. The most recent statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) show that in 2016, over 900 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada, and over 240,000 claims accepted for lost time due to work-related injuries and illnesses. It is safe to say that the total number of workers impacted is even higher.

What these numbers don’t show is just how many people are directly affected by these workplace tragedies. Each worker death impacts the loved ones, families, friends and the co-workers they leave behind, changing all of their lives forever.

The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.

Join us in committing to improve health and safety at Carleton University.

Take a moment to look around you. Do you see one item that poses a hazard? Fix it or report it to your supervisor, the FMP Service Centre at ext. 3668, or through the CU WorkSafe.

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