On April 28, 2013, 80 countries across the world will mark an official Day of Mourning to commemorate those workers who suffered work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities. Because that date is a Sunday this year, many organizations will “celebrate” it on Friday, the 26th.
In 2012, nearly three workers died each day from a workplace injury or illness across Canada.
So how will this day be recognized in Canada? The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast. Workers will light candles, wear ribbons and black armbands, and observe moments of silence.
Companies can commemorate the Day of Mourning by:
- Making a dedication to those who died or were injured at work
- Observing a moment of silence
- Displaying a Day of Mourning poster in your workplace
- Attending a ceremony
- Lowering flags to half-mast
- Holding events to raise general awareness of workplace safety.
To see what your jurisdiction is doing to mark the Day of Mourning, get more ideas for events you can hold in your company and download posters you can post in your workplace, click on your jurisdiction below: