At the April 26 regular City Council meeting, Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam proclaimed April 28 as National Day of Mourning in Wetaskiwin, Alta.
National Day of Mourning, also known as Worker’s Mourning Day, is a day to remember and honour those who were injured or lost their lives due to a workplace tragedy. On April 28 all City of Wetaskiwin flags will be lowered to half-mast to honour everyone impacted by workplace tragedy throughout the province.
According to the most recent statistics from the Association of Worker’s Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), there were 925 workplace fatalities in 2019 recorded in Canada. 882 of the fatalities were male workers, 43 were female workers, and included in those deaths, 29 were young workers between the ages of 15 and 24.
“As we remember those who were injured or killed due to a workplace tragedy, it’s also important to think of those they are survived by or have been impacted by it,” stated Mayor Tyler Gandam. “It is imperative that we continue to improve working conditions to ensure injuries and deaths don’t happen at work and that everyone gets to go home safely.”
The city says they remain dedicated to maintaining and protecting the health and safety of all its employees.