April 28 - Day of Mourning
On April 28, Nova Scotia joins the rest of Canada and more than 80 countries worldwide to remember those who died, were injured or became ill at work. The Day of Mourning offers employees and employers the opportunity to publicly renew their commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace.
The numbers are staggering. In 2011, more than 27,000 Nova Scotians were injured at work - 6,600 seriously enough to lose time from work. Sadly, 27 people died at work in Nova Scotia in 2011 – some for reasons directly related to their work, and others not.
The Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia partnered with Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education, the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour and Threads of Life on a campaign to recognize the 2012 Day of Mourning. Based on real stories of workplace tragedy, the campaign included a number of elements including media relations, print and radio advertisements, posters, social media activities, speaking engagements and an interactive website where tributes to those who have been injured or died in the workplace can be posted.
Please visit dayofmourning.ns.ca for more information or to make a dedication.