A large group gathered in Kitimat’s Centennial Park to commemorate the Day of Mourning for fallen workers.
Across B.C. there were a number of ceremonies held and here in Kitimat, the group gathered to hear speakers at Centennial Park talk about not only their own experiences but why the day is important.
“National day of mourning is to recognize people that have lost their lives due to their jobs,” said Martin McIlwrath, president of Unifor Local 2301. “It is also to try and reinforce and build on new health and safety standards to ensure everybody goes home safely to their families after work every day.”
Speakers at the event included groups such as Unifor Local 2301 and WorkSafeBC amongst others.
According to WorkSafeBC stats, there were 161 work-related deaths in 2021 including two who were young workers and 99 who died as a result of occupational disease. Those who died included 149 males and 12 females. In the Kitimat-Stikine area, there were six work-related death claims.