Workplace deaths a tragic start to 2024 (Feb. 26/24)

Nova Scotia was shaken last week by separate workplace tragedies that claimed two lives.

A 43-year-old man died after being struck by snow removal equipment at a Halifax workplace, and another man has died after an incident onboard a fishing vessel in Mulgrave.
“Our thoughts are with the families who have lost their loved ones, the co-workers who have lost their friends and colleagues, and the communities who have lost valued members. It’s something no one should ever have to face,” says Karen Adams, WCB CEO. “On behalf of everyone at the WCB, we extend our condolences to all of those who are struggling with this loss.”

The deaths are being investigated by the Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration’s Occupational Health and Safety Division. 
When workplace tragedies happen, WCB Nova Scotia provides caring and compassionate service to families, moving quickly to connect them with available benefits and supports.

“One workplace fatality is too many, and tragic news like this is a sobering reminder that our work to create a safety culture is not yet done,” says Adams. 
In 2022, 24 Nova Scotians died at work or because of their work. Information on workplace fatalities that occurred in 2023 will be released soon. 
Following a workplace tragedy, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Threads of Life is a national charity dedicated to supporting families during this very challenging time, providing an ongoing network of support.

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