On April 28th communities across the province took a moment in their day to pause and remember those who were injured, disabled, or who had lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational illness.
Ceremonies for the National Day of Mourning were coordinated by our eight Regional Safety Committees to honour the occasion, and people from the local communities responded by attending the events and paying their respects.
The Day of Mourning serves as not only a way to commemorate others but to remind those still working in the industry to always remain vigilant and safe.
In 2016, Alberta lost 144 men and women to a work-related incident or occupational illness, the majority of whom (55.5 per cent) lost their lives to an occupational illness e.g. mesothelioma.
Almost all workplace loss is preventable through taking the appropriate education and training, and practicing safe work practices and procedures to protect ourselves and others. Together, through our community of safety leaders, we can work toward a safer workplace, for all Albertans.
Photos from some of the ceremonies and other commemorative events held can be viewed below.