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Day of Mourning Statements

  • Issued: April 26, 2018
  • Content last reviewed: April 2018

From Ron Kelusky, Chief Prevention Officer

On April 28, 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 suffered or lost their lives from occupational diseases.

On the Day of Mourning, we remember the critical need to keep workers healthy and safe on the job.

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

I call on all Ontario residents to reflect on those workers who have died or suffered injuries or illness needlessly. We must prevent others from suffering a similar fate. Together we must eliminate the terrible human toll that workplace incidents take on workers, their friends and their families. It’s up to all of us to create a better future for Ontario’s workers.

Ron Kelusky
Chief Prevention Officer / Assistant Deputy Minister

From the Ontario Prevention Council

Too many fatalities continue to occur in Ontario workplaces. On April 28, 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 members of 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.

As leaders in occupational health and safety, we have an important role and responsibility to ensure 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

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

Dr. 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

Daniel Bonnar
Firefighter, Ontario Professional Firefighters Association

Dr. Andréane Chénier
National Representative for Health and Safety, Canadian Union of Public Employees

Erin Oliver
Vice President of Employee Health and Safety, Modern Niagara Group Inc.