April 28 has been designated the national Day of Mourning, a time when we come together to remember those who have lost their lives due to work-related incidents or occupational diseases. Last year, 158 workers from a variety of industries died as a result of their work.

Sadly, in a recent three-week period alone, 11 more workers in British Columbia died while at work.

These deaths are not isolated to a specific industry or workplace; they happened in construction, forestry, marine, tourism, and transportation — and in locations throughout the province. See the Employer Message recently sent by WorkSafeBC.

We ask all employers to stay focused and to prioritize workplace safety. We also encourage you to honour those who have died by taking part in a Day of Mourning event in your region. For more information about this year’s Day of Mourning events, visit dayofmourning.bc.ca. For more information about creating a safe and healthy workplace, visit worksafebc.com.