Accidents on job sites and work-related deaths are a major problem in Canada. The official numbers from the Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada say 1000 people die every year on-the-job.
But industry studies suggest this number is actually much higher—close to 10x higher than those official reports claim (because not all incidents get reported to a compensation board).
Every year on April 28th, Canada observes a national day of mourning for workplace tragedies. This day serves to remind us of the pain and suffering caused by jobsite injuries and deaths—to families, loved ones, and entire communities.
It’s also a stark reminder that many of these accidents are preventable.