To honour workers that died as a result of acute hazards and occupational illnesses in 2015, Manitoba commemorates April 28 as a national Day of Mourning.
"The WCB and its staff commemorate the Day of Mourning as we know all too well through our work, the pain and suffering of those affected by workplace injuries and deaths," said Michael Werier, WCB Chairperson.
SAFE Workers of Tomorrow held its annual Leaders' Walk from Union Centre at 275 Broadway to the Manitoba Legislative Building and selected the theme of "Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace" for this year's event.
"SAFE Workers of Tomorrow chose this theme for today's event to highlight for workers and employers that psychological health is an important part of safety," said Peter Reimer, Executive Director for SAFE Workers of Tomorrow. "We want to take today to remember the workers we lost last year, and to also raise awareness for the importance of creating work environments that are both physically and psychologically safe and healthy."
The Day of Mourning Leaders Walk concluded with an event at the Manitoba Legislative Building in which youth activities were highlighted, including winners from SAFE Work Manitoba's $10,000 Reasons to Stay SAFE Contest and a Vincent Massey Collegiate student spoke on her experiences with mental health.
Flags at provincial government buildings and the WCB building will be lowered to half-mast to acknowledge this important day.
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