Workers, families and others involved with the construction industry in Alberta will gather across the province on April 28 to observe the Day of Mourning, an event meant to pay tribute to workers killed on the job and raise safety awareness to reduce and eliminate further worker deaths.
In Alberta in 2015, 125 men and women were lost to workplace fatalities, injuries and illness. Of those deaths, 30 per cent of total workplace incident and disease related fatalities were in the construction industry, with 38 men and women in construction losing their lives, the majority due to exposure to asbestos. This is a 23 per cent decrease on the previous year.
The Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) is holding ceremonies and other events coordinated by the ACSA's eight Regional Safety Committees throughout Alberta.
"We encourage all members of the community to come out and join us for the many ceremonies taking place in regions across Alberta and help us spread the safety message. Together we can work toward a safer workplace, not only for all Albertans," ACSA executive director Dan MacLennan said.
"Fatalities and injuries in the workplace are preventable if the right safety procedures are in place and workers are sufficiently educated and skilled. Everyone should be able to go to work in the morning and come home safely to their loved ones at the end of the day," he added.
Ceremony details for are available at www.youracsa.ca.