he Canadian flag was flying at half-mast on Parliament hill yesterday to mark the National Day of Mourning.
Claudette Bradshaw, federal Minister of Labour, expressed grief for the men and women who have died or been injured as a result of workplace accidents.
“Prevention is the key to protecting the lives and health of the country’s workers,” said Bradshaw. “We will all benefit by improving health and safety, so we must continue to work hard together on that goal.”
According to statistics provided by the federal government, more than 900 people died as a result of work-related accidents or illnesses in 2001. Young workers were the highest risk group — about 28 per cent of all accident victims who were compensated for lost time were Canadians aged 15 to 29.
“These painful statistics are disturbing, but they are nothing compared to the pain of the families of workers who die as a result of occupational injuries or occupational diseases,” said Bradshaw.