Every year on April 28, we take the time to remember workers that have passed away or become ill or injured because of a workplace incident or tragedy. At 11:00 a.m. (MST) on April 28, Danatec by We Know Training will be observing a moment of silence to honour these workers.
The national day of mourning is recognized in around 100 countries across the world as a day to remember and renew their commitments to workplace safety.
Regulated industries in Canada have made meaningful changes in terms of increasing safety standards and safety awareness for workers. While these changes have made an impact, such as Saskatchewan seeing a 56% total injury rate decreased from 2008 to 2020, Canada as a whole still saw statistics such as over 900 workplace-related fatalities in 2019, with construction being the industry with the highest fatality rates.
With the pandemic still prevalent in many countries around the world, this year’s day of mourning is also a reminder of our appreciation for our frontline workers, who step up to the selfless challenge of providing essential services to the public, despite the risks. A report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows that the number of infections in healthcare workers exceeded 65,000 since the end of July 2020, and 24 health care workers have lost their lives due to the illness.
“This year is especially important for remembering our commitment to safety,” says Tiffany Linke-Boyko, President of Danatec by We Know Training. “Just as every worker in the trades industries deserve to return home safely at the end of the day, so do our frontline workers that work tirelessly to keep us all safe.”
Danatec by We Know Training is also participating in the Partners in Prevention 2021 Health & Safety Virtual Conference on April 28. This conference takes place each year to provide an opportunity for health and safety leaders in various industries to share innovations, ideas, and culture surrounding workplace safety. We’re proud to participate this year as an official sponsor.
As we continue to move through 2021, let’s all take the time to keep workplace safety at the top of our minds. We would like to thank all our customers for continuing to make workplace safety a priority every single day. Thank you for your commitment and support in making work safer for everyone.