National Day of Mourning
According to WCB, in Alberta, we lost 161 people to workplace injury or illness in 2022.
This means 161 people woke for work one day in 2022 and were never the same again before they could get home. 161 families felt a terrible loss of a loved one passing, or had to watch as someone they care about dealt with a life-changing illness or injury that would lead to their passing.
101 workers lost to Occupational disease
30 workers lost to Trauma
27 workers lost to Motor vehicle accidents
3 workers lost to Cardiac
Something to consider is that it is impossible to actually measure the number of people lost in this way, because the 161 number only accounts for accepted WCB cases. Unfortunately, there will be many incidents that go unreported or cases not accepted by WCB where the person was still injured or made sick at work and then succumbed to those injuries. Of course, the number lost across Canada will be much greater.
Today is a day where we will mourn the loss of life and recommit to fighting for worker safety. It is our hope that one day, all workers come home safely.
Please join us for a ceremonial wreath laying and memorial starting at 12 Noon, April 28th, 2023
At the City of Calgary Worker’s Memorial, Edward Place Park, SE corner of City Hall, 9th Ave. & Macleod Trail SE.