United Steelworkers – Local 1-425 will host a Worker Memorial Ceremony at city hall Monday, April 28 to honour workers who have lost lives or have been permanently injured from their work.
Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning, a time when workers, families, employers, and others come together to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational diseases.
Monday’s service will start at 11 a.m.
According to WorkSafeBC, more than 1,000 Canadian workers are killed on the job, hundreds of thousands are injured and thousands are permanently disabled.
Last year, a total of 103,672 short-term disability, long-term disability, health care only and work-related deaths were accepted by WorkSafeBC.
Of the 128 reported work-related deaths in 2013, 67 were the result of occupational disease, mainly due to previous exposure to asbestos.
Six young workers (aged 24 and under) died from workplace injuries last year.
The construction industry had the highest number of work-related deaths last year, with 28 deaths, according to WorkSafeBC while the metal and non-metallic mineral products industry reported 16 work-related deaths.