The annual Day of Mourning, remembering those who lost their lives on the job, taking place today.
Barb Nederpel, President of the Kamloops and District Labour Council, says loss of life while working is very prevalent in B.C.
“Last year, we lost 158 workers. Those are people who have died on the job, or as a result of illness from the job, like asbestos and that sort of thing. In the Thompson Nicola region, there were six deaths last year.”
Nederpel says, it’s not just one industry that sees workplace death- it’s widespread.
“Anyone can experience violence and harassment in the workplace. And far too often workers don’t know that they have the right to refuse unsafe work. And many others are afraid to come forward, for fear of retaliation, ridicule, or job loss. Know your rights, and take action.”
The event in Kamloops, hosted by the Labour Council and WorkSafe B.C, will be taking place at St. Andrews on the Square, starting at 6 o clock this evening.