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Community Members and Leaders Gather For International Day Of Mourning

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Community Members and Leaders Gather For International Day Of Mourning

Communities across the nation are gathering to honour the lives of those who’ve been killed workplace accidents.

Saturday was International Day of Mourning, a day for remembering those who’ve lost their lives or suffered an injury or illness due to workplace-related tragedies.

166 men and woman lost their lives to a work-related injury or illness in 2017 – that’s up from 144 in 2016.

Residents gathered for Fort McMurray’s International Day of Mourning at J Howard Pew Park in Waterways on Saturday morning – where many community leaders also came out to give their respects.

While addressing the crowd, Mayor Don Scott said his heart goes out to every Canadian family who lost a loved one in the workplace.

Mayor Don Scott makes some remarks at International Day of Mourning gathering

“There are 166 names written to my left and that’s a very sobering number. Any number is too high but when you see 166 names listed out, it’s a tragedy – for Alberta and for Canada.”

Scott feels with the number of workplace deaths in 2017 so high – ways to improve safety should be top of mind.

MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Tany Yao took time to remember a friend of his who’d lost his life in the line of duty during Yao’s time as a member of the Fort McMurray Fire Department.

“For myself, I want to remember my time with the Fort McMurray Fire Department. Captain Dave Richard, he was my co-worker, my friend and he was my mentor. And he succumbed to his workplace injuries and he’s someone that I will always remember.”

The gathering was presented by Wood Buffalo Regional Safety Committee and the Fort McMurray chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering in collaboration with Wood Buffalo and District Labour Council.