On Sunday April 28, from sunrise to sunset, the flags at all City of Ottawa sites will be lowered at half-mast in order to commemorate the National Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the workplace.
This day, to memorialize lives lost in the workplace and to resolve to prevent future tragedies, was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991 and has since spread to about 80 countries around the world.
Injuries and deaths in the workplace continue to be a matter of important concern across Canada. Many Canadians members work hard each day in an effort to minimize accidents and incidents. Risk is an inherent element of many jobs, and this is why safety should be one of the core values in any workplace. Since its inception, the observance has spread to over 80 countries around the world, but is known is most other countries as the Workers’ Memorial Day.