Residents march to end workplace accidents

Photo: A bagpiper and drummer lead the Day of Mourning March to Centennial Park – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

The sound of bagpipes and somber drumming echoed through the city today, as around 60 people marched to remember those who died in the workplace.

Tuesday April 28th marks the day of mourning in Fort St. John. Every year more than 1,000 Canadian workers are killed on the job, thousands are permanently disabled, and hundreds of thousands are injured.

Event organizer Mark Gaehring says he wants people to especially remember the six workers who died on the job in the Peace Region last year.

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Marchers met at City Hall and marched down 100th street to Centennial Park. City Councilors, workers and residents laid flowers on the workers memorial, which honours those who have died in a workplace accident.

Gaehring says there are many things workers can do to make the workplace safer.

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He says he hopes with government pressure, the city won’t see any workplace accidents this year.

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