Day of Mourning Ceremony-April 28, 2014

TRAIL-People turned out in Trail on April 28,014 as workers, families, and employers remembered those who lost their lives in workplaces across British Columbia.

In 2013, of the 128 work-related deaths in B.C., 39 were from traumatic injury, 22 from motor vehicle incidents, and 67 were from occupational disease, mainly from exposure to asbestos decades ago.

Gord Menelaws, Safety Chair for USW Local 480 in Trail chaired the ceremony.

Chuck Macklon, president USW Local 9705 read out statements from Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy and Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko.

The Canadian Labour Congress initiated a national Day of Mourning ceremony 30 years ago on April 28, 1984. Canada was the first country to formally commemorate workers who’d been killed at work; today, the Day of Mourning is observed throughout the world.

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