“Day of mourning remembers workers killed, injured” / Cheryl Vigh-Basden (Windsor Star blog, Apr. 21, 2015)
Windsor-Essex injured workers and the community will join others across the country Tuesday in remembering those killed or injured on the job at a Day of Mourning ceremony to be held 5 p.m. at St Augustine’s Church Hall. Still fresh in memories are recent local workplace accidents, including the death of Shane Knapp and a migrant seasonal farm worker’s loss of his leg.
Chris Taylor, president of the Windsor and District Labour Council, points also to the need for safety training of the new worker. Among injured workers under the age of 25, more than 50% were hurt within the first six months of employment.
(In its 2015 statement on Day of Mourning, CUPE also points to the risks faced by those working alone. “It’s a hazard that’s only getting worse with cutbacks and an aging workforce,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist