Photo: Residents marched from City Hall to Centennial Park for the annual National Day of Mourning./Kimberley Molina

 

Around 30 people attended Fort St. John’s National Day or Mourning to remember all the workers who have died or were injured on the job.

The ceremony began with a march from City Hall to Centennial Park, where a wreath and flowers were laid at the memorial.

In B.C. alone, 143 workers were killed and 95,000 were injured last year.

However, the numbers are increasing, because the people who pass away after suffering long-term work-related illnesses are being incorporated into the overall numbers, says Mark Gaehring with the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union.

Gaehring also says the numbers are especially high in the North.

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Gaehring says the day is to recognize all the workers that have died or been injured and to reaffirm the commitment to workplace safety.

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Although this year’s march included some poor weather, Gaehring says he hopes to see more residents come out for next year’s ceremony.