Workers who have died, been injured, or fallen ill on the job will be remembered during the International Day of Mourning tomorrow. This is the 32nd year ceremonies have been held across the country, after it was first proposed by CUPE’s health and safety committee.
125 lives were lost to workplace injury or illness in Alberta last year, of which construction made up 30 per cent. That number is down 23 per cent to 38 men and women killed, mostly due to asbestos exposure.
Here in Grande Prairie, a ceremony will be held at Safety City at 10:45 a.m. with local dignitaries and a woman who lost her husband in a work-related fatality.