Annual Day of Mourning ceremony April 28 in Williams Lake

United Steelworker-Local 1-425 will hold a Day of Mourning ceremony at the Cenotaph in Williams Lake on Sunday.

  • Apr. 26, 2013 2:00 p.m.

On Sunday April 28, United Steelworker-Local 1-425 will hold a Day of Mourning ceremony in Williams Lake to honour workers who have been killed in the workplace.

The ceremony takes place at the Cenotaph in front of city hall at 11 a.m.

Each year, more than 1,000 Canadian workers are killed on the job. Thousands more are permanently disabled, hundreds of thousands are injured, and thousands of others die from cancer, lung disease and other ailments caused by exposure to toxic substances in the workplace.

April 28 of each year has been chosen by the Canadian Labour Congress as a Day of Mourning to remember the sacrifice some people have made simply to earn a living.

It is also billed as a day to renew approaches to governments for improved health and safety standards and more effective compensation programs.