A wreath-laying ceremony was held at Confederation Building this morning for the National Day of Mourning to remember those who have been injured, killed, or who have suffered an illness due to workplace hazards or incidents.
“Our hearts go out to victims and their families as we remember those who have been injured, killed or who have suffered an occupational disease,” said Dan Crummell, Minister of Service NL and Minister Responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission.
“The effects of workplace incidents ripple far beyond those immediately affected and so, as we mourn for victims we must also think of the families and entire communities who have been changed by such incidents.”
A news release notes that 30 workers lost their lives to occupational disease or workplace-related accidents in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2013. Five were lost in work-related accidents and 25 succumbed to occupational disease.
• In 2013, over 900 stop-work orders were issued through Occupational Health and Safety enforcement intervention aimed at preventing potential workplace injuries or deaths.
• Over 13,600 directives were issued to identify and correct unsafe work practices and more than 4,800 inspections were carried out in workplaces across the province.
• For the second year in a row, the number of workplace injuries resulting in lost time compensation claims remains at the lowest level ever recorded in Newfoundland and Labrador.