Job-related deaths commemorated

More than 25 ceremonies are being held throughout B.C. in honour of the annual Day of Mourning

Kamloops This Week

Family, friends, workers, employers and labour councils will commemorate those who died because of their job on Thursday, April 28.

More than 25 ceremonies are being held throughout B.C. in honour of the annual Day of Mourning, which was created by The Canadian Labour Congress in the 1980s.

Canada was the first country to honour those killed as a result of their job and today the day is celebrated around the world.

In 2015, there were 122 work-related deaths in the province, 72 of which were caused by occupational disease primarily from exposure to asbestos. Fifty deaths were caused by traumatic injuries.

In the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, there were two-work related deaths.

In Kamloops, the Day of Mourning will be held at St. Andrew’s on the Square, 159 Seymour St., at 6 p.m.

In Barriere, there will be a plaque commemorated at the Bandshell in Fadear Park, 5:30 p.m., in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives in the forestry industry.

For more information about the Day of Mourning, go online to dayofmourning.bc.ca