City of Burlington recognizes Day of Mourning


For Immediate Release - April 24, 2009

BURLINGTON, ON – The City of Burlington will mark the 25th anniversary of the Day of Mourning on April 28, 2009 in memory of those individuals whose lives were forever changed by a workplace incident. Flags will be lowered to half-mast at all city buildings from sunrise to sunset on April 28.

“The City of Burlington is committed to workplace health and safety and recognizes the Day of Mourning as an appropriate honour to the memory of those who have lost their lives or been injured in the workplace," said Mayor Cam Jackson. “Our civic employees are an integral resource, essential to our future success. As we mark this National Day of Mourning, we will continue to make workplace health and safety a priority.”

The City of Burlington actively promotes the internal responsibility system and the early and safe return to work program, where responsibilities of employers, supervisors and workers overlap and complement each other. Through regular health and safety training, awareness workshops and dedicated joint health and safety committees, the city is committed to preventing work place incidents.

According to statistics from the Canadian Labour Congress, there are a million workplace injuries a year in Canada with an injury resulting in compensation occurring every seven seconds each working day. In 2007, Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) reported 555 claims for worker deaths, and 333,938 claims for work-related injuries and disease.

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Communications Contact:
Monika Rejnowicz
Communications Associate
Tel. 905-335-7600, ext. 7879
Fax. 905-632-9082
E-mail rejnowiczm@burlington.ca

Media Contact:
Scott Stewart
General Manager, Community Services Division
Tel. 905-335-7600, ext. 7839
Fax. 905-335-7820
E-mail stewarts@burlington.ca

 


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