Killer toxins in the workplace

Thousands of Canadian workers die from occupational cancer each year.
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/08/2003

Each April 28, Canadians honour workers killed on the job.

Last year, like every year, hundreds of Canadians were killed in accidents at work. And this year, like every year, thousands more died from cancer caused by their work.

According to Health Canada, more than 5,800 Canadians died last year from cancer contracted on the job. While many of those developed the disease through exposure to harmful substances years ago, there is little doubt thousands of workers last year suffered equally fatal exposures, and will be honoured on a future April 28.