Premier John Horgan has released the following statement in recognition of the National Day of Mourning, April 28, 2019, for workers killed and injured in the workplace:
“On this National Day of Mourning, people around B.C. and across the country will observe a moment of silence in honour of those who were killed or injured in the workplace. We share this moment with the family and friends of fallen workers, who feel this loss every single day.
“There were 131 work-related deaths and many more injuries in B.C. in 2018. For most of us, working is a fact of life. Safe working conditions should be, too. No injury or death at work is acceptable. While we have made some progress in workplace safety in B.C., more work needs to be done.
“Our government increased access to services and compensation for first responders, correctional officers and sheriffs, and on April 16, 2019, we made regulatory changes that give emergency dispatchers, nurses and publicly funded health-care assistants easier access to compensation for mental-health disorders.
“In the last year, WorkSafeBC increased the number of prevention and investigation inspections, and government commissioned a review of the workers’ compensation system.
“Our government remains committed to the fair treatment of workers and employers to prevent workplace tragedies, so that everyone makes it home at the end of the day.
“In honour of those who lost their lives or suffered injuries, we will keep working to make workplaces in every corner of our province safe for everyone.”
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