Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann released the following statement on the National Day of Mourning:
“Today we take the time to remember and to mourn those who have suffered injury or death while on the job.
“I am deeply saddened that this past year has seen an increase in workplace injuries over the previous. This trend simply cannot continue, especially given that many of these incidences are preventable.
“This is the second National Day of Mourning since WCB coverage was extended to farm workers and Occupational Health and Safety inspections were permitted on farms, and the first year that paid farm worker deaths were included in WCB statistics.
“While these basic legal protections were long overdue, they are no substitute for safe worksites that allow workers to do their jobs without fear of harm.
“It is my sincere hope that, by remembering the loss of these loved ones, we strengthen our commitment to building a safe work environment.
“I urge all employers and workers alike to strive to create a culture of safety. Our first priority should be ensuring the well-being of every Alberta worker, so that, at the end of the workday, they return home safe and healthy.”