Day of Mourning Joint Statement

April 28 National Day of Mourning

Joint Statement - District of Kitimat, IAFF 1304, and Unifor 2300

On April 28th, the National Day of Mourning, we honour the memory of workers who have lost their lives or have been injured as a result of work-related incidents.
In 2023, 175 workers in British Columbia died from a workplace injury or disease. There were 82 fatalities due to traumatic injury and 93 fatalities due to occupational disease.
This is a time where workers, families, employers and others come together to remember those who have lost their lives to work related incidents or occupational disease. It is a time to reflect and honour the memory of those who lost their lives and to think about their loved ones who they have left behind, whose lives have been impacted by these tragedies.
The District of Kitimat, the IAFF Local 1304, and Unifor Local 2300 are taking this day to renew our commitment to workplace health and safety.
Each of us have a responsibility to keep our workplaces safe and ensure that all employees go home safely at the end of the day. By way of this statement, we renew our ongoing commitment to health and safety at the District of Kitimat.
We especially recognize all employees who participate in the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees, and those who come up with safety initiatives, who train employees, who participate in investigations, who follow safe work procedures and who lead toolbox talks. Your leadership and commitment to health and safety within our organization does not go unnoticed.
     Phil Germuth Mayor          
     District of Kitimat
     James Miller President IAFF Local 1304
     Bobby Vannucci
     President, Unifor 2300

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