EVES will be observing and honouring the National Day of Mourning tomorrow, Thursday, April 28. School flags will be at half mast.
“The Day of Mourning (DOM) was officially recognized in 1991 when Parliament passed the Mourning Act. Now endorsed by government, labour and employers, the day commemorates those workers who were killed or injured on the job. The goal: education of our youth on workplace safety to help reduce young worker injuries and fatalities.
Many students and young people lack knowledge of the dangers of work and their rights as workers and as a consequence, are the most vulnerable group in the workforce as they are statistically more likely to suffer injury or death at the workplace.
• Workers in BC can enter the workplace as young as 12 years of age
• In BC, an average of 27 young workers have time-loss injuries every day.
• Every week, seven young workers are permanently disabled in BC