Today is the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job.
Workers, union leaders and local politicians will gather this morning at 10:30 at the Workers’ Memorial, outside Waterloo City Hall.
President of the Waterloo Region Labour Council, Marc Xuereb tells 570 News this ceremony reminds the community that there are too many needless deaths in the workplace.
“People are getting injured at work and dying – either immediately from incidents at work or from workplace-related diseases many years later. It’s our opportunity to remind people that we need to continue working to make workplaces safer in this province and in this country”
He adds that “unions are largely responsible for the excellent health and safety legislation that we have and for ensuring that those laws get enforced in workplaces.”
Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran, Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife and other dignitaries are expected to speak at the event.
977 workplace fatalities were reported in 2012.
Ontario has the highest number of workplace deaths – 306, while Quebec is second with 211.