A day of mourning is an event that WorkSafe BC holds each year. A day of Mourning takes place to raise awareness about the precautions that need to take place to make sure that there is a healthy and safe workplace for all employees. Also to make a greater effort to make the workplace safer.
In addition, workers, families, employees from the province of BC including cities like Fort St. John get together each year for this special ceremony to remember those who have lost their lives on the job.
On April 28th the community of Fort St. John came together at the Workers Memorial in Centennial Park to be a part of this special event – A Day of Mourning. Along with 30 other cities in the province.
They have taken the time out of their busy schedules to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or diseases that have been developed through the work environment.
And to recognize that the province of B.C and the citizens needs to renew their commitment towards creating a safer workplaces.
This also gives the community the chance to educate and bring awareness to the importance of work safety. Along with the hazards of working in certain job environments; for instance, overexertion, falls, bodily reaction injuries and being struck by objects are all common hazards that individuals face on the job.
In the oil and gas industry silica is a big concern. Silica is a basic component of sand and water that are found in oil and gas industries and if breathed in can cause silicosis disease, which can lead to lung cancer. As a result, it is important to note that your work should provide respirator for all work that involves exposure to silica.
Additionally, the knowledge and rights those individuals have towards their own safety and health.
The event, A Day of Mourning, also give a chance for people to share the stories about the struggles that they have to face by losing a loved one on the job.
Unfortunately, across the province of British Columbia there have been 173 related injuries and/or deaths on the job.
And 98 were caused by the exposure to chemicals like Silica.
It has been calculated that there were 2.47 deaths occurred every day this year due to accidents on the job.
There were 7 related deaths this year in the Peace County which has increased compared to other years. The goal of WorkSafe BC and the city of Fort St. John is to reduce this number to zero.
Through educational events like this one, the number zero will soon be a possibility.