In 2019, 22 workers died in Nova Scotia at or because of work. Twenty-two families suffered through the loss of a family member because of work – a devastating reminder about the importance of workplace safety.
This Sunday, April 28, is the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. In 2018 fourteen Nova Scotians died from acute traumatic injuries on the job! Also included is a list of Day of Mourning events as of April 15, 2019.
This weekend we feature a video about the Westray mine disaster, in recognition of Friday’s National Day of Mourning. But it’s two for the price of one, as I also editorialize about lessons seemingly never learned, and the godawful safety record of the company that is opening the Donkin mine in Cape Breton.
Danny Cavanagh, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, on this Friday’s National Day of Mourning, Westray and why the federal government must enforce laws holding employers criminally accountable for workplace death and injury.