Every year on April 28th, ceremonies are held nationwide to remember Canadians who have lost their lives as a result of workplace injury and illness.
The National Day of Mourning is now in its 32nd year and the local ceremony held this morning at J. Howard Pew Memorial Family Park was the most well attended in its history in Fort McMurray.
Members of the community, including family, friends and colleagues of fallen workers observed a moment of silence before placing flowers and wreaths by the epitaph set up to commemorate the victims.
Local dignitaries, including Mayor Melissa Blake and MLA Tony Yao, spoke about the significance of reducing workplace injury, illness and death statistics.
A number of representatives from organizations such as the Alberta Construction Safety Association, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering and the Oil Sands Safety Association shared statistics and stories highlighting the importance of safety legislation and enforcement across all industries.
In 2015, 125 Albertans died from work-related injury and illness and 30 per cent of those incidents happened in the construction industry.