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Day of Mourning Statements

  • Issued: April 26, 2017
  • Content last reviewed: April 2017

From George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer

On the Day of Mourning, we honour the memory of workers who have lost their lives or been injured as a result of work-related incidents. We also honour those who have suffered or lost their lives from occupational diseases.

We remember the critical need to keep workers healthy and safe on the job.

As Chief Prevention Officer, I ask that we renew our resolve to prevent workplace tragedies. Workplace health and safety is a shared responsibility. We must all work together – employers, supervisors, workers and government – to eliminate hazards in the workplace.

I call on all Ontario residents to reflect on those workers who have needlessly died or suffered injuries or illness. We must do more to prevent others from suffering a similar fate.  Together we must eliminate the terrible human toll these workplace incidents take on workers and their friends and family, and create a better future for all Ontario workers.

George Gritziotis
Chief Prevention Officer / Associate Deputy Minister

From the Ontario Prevention Council

Too many fatalities continue to occur in Ontario workplaces. On the Day of Mourning, these tragedies are brought more to the forefront as we remember the workers who have lost their lives in Ontario’s workplaces.

As Ontario’s Prevention Council, we know that enhanced training and education, diligent enforcement of safety standards and commitment to our occupational health and safety strategy can help reduce and eliminate workplace deaths, injuries and/or illness.

We are all deeply affected by these tragedies. As leaders in occupational health and safety, we have a heightened role and responsibility to ensure that the elimination of occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities is a priority for industry and government.

We are firmly committed to finding ways of preventing injury and death to Ontario workers. This includes preventing hazards on the job, and dealing with emerging issues such as mental health and violence in the workplace.

We must make health and safety a top priority in the minds of all people, workers, employers, and government. Only then will we be able to achieve our goal of eliminating preventable incidents in the workplace.

Prevention Council Members

Michael Dauncey
Corporate Health and Safety Manager, Mattamy Homes

Patrick Dillon
Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

Nancy Hutchison
National Health & Safety Department Leader, United Steelworkers

Derek Johnstone
Special Assistant to the National President, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW Canada)

Graeme Norval
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto

Camille Quenneville
Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division

Frank Saunders
Vice President of Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs, Bruce Power

Dawn Tattle
Employer Representative

Linda Vannucci
Director, Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic

Susanna Zagar
Chief Strategy Officer at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board