National Day of Mourning

Edmonton, AB (April 28, 2022) – April 28 is the National Day of Mourning, which is held annually in Canada and is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives and suffered an injury or illness on the job due to a work-related tragedy. The most recent statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) tell us that in 2019, 925 workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada. Of the 925 fatalities, 882 were male workers, 43 were female workers, and 29 were young workers aged 15-24. What these numbers don’t show, is just how many people are directly affected by these workplace tragedies. It’s not just these numbers on which we need to reflect. With each worker’s tragedy, there are loved ones, family members, friends and co-workers who are directly affected, left behind, and deeply impacted – their lives are forever changed.

The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honor those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths. Wherever you are today,  acknowledge the flags at half-mast, and take a moment to remember those who have lost their lives on the job.  The Canadian flag will fly at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings.

Working Safely is a core value at GeoVerra. While priorities change, our core values do not. We will ensure our team members come home safely to their families and friends at the end of the day.  Thank you to all of our team for their continued commitment to working safely!

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