April 28, 2022
For Immediate Release
Central Elgin, ON – On April 28, 2022 Elgin County will raise a black flag at its Heritage Centre to recognize the National Day of Mourning commemorating workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work place incidents or exposures.
The most recent statistics from the Canadian Labour Congress indicate that approximately 1,000 workers are killed in Canada each year and even more suffer life altering injuries and illnesses while on the job.
“We honour the lives that have been lost, mourn with the families, friends and communities that have been adversely affected, and recommit to ensuring that work places in Elgin County and across the country are places to safely earn a living – not places that may take a life,” said Warden Mary French. “Work place deaths, injuries and illnesses are preventable and it is the responsibility of governments and employers to ensure that legislation, programs, and health and safety protocols are in place and strictly adhered to in order to ensure the safety of workers in our organizations and communities. The County of Elgin will continue to raise awareness about work place safety in our communities in hopes that this knowledge will help individuals advocate for their own safety, reducing avoidable and tragic work place accidents.”
For more information and resources associated with the National Day of Mourning visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety – https://www.ccohs.ca/events/mourning/
For additional information, please contact:
Warden Mary French firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff from the Elgin County Administrative Building attended a flag raising at the Elgin County Heritage Centre today, April 28th, to recognize the National Day of Mourning commemorating workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work place incidents or exposures.