The municipality today held a brief ceremony and moment of silence in observance of the Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured in workplace accidents.
Denise Lidster, manager of occupational safety for the municipality, spoke of the origin of the day, which is officially observed on April 28.
Although it began in 1984, it didn’t become a national observance until 1990. It is now observed in more than 80 countries.
Chatham Coun. Brock McGregor told those assembled that workplace injuries and fatalities continue to happen in Chatham-Kent and elsewhere, and that more vigilance is key.
Cathy Hoffman, Chatham-Kent’s Chief Human Resource Officer, confirmed the municipality’s commitment to work with all employees to create a safer workplace.
The flags outside the Civic Centre were lowered in remembrance of the victims of workplace deaths or injuries.