» Cox Automotive Canada Recognizes National Day of Mourning

Cox Automotive Canada Recognizes National Day of Mourning

The National Day of Mourning, held each year in Canada on April 28th, is a day dedicated to remembering and honouring the lives lost or injured due to a tragedy in the workplace. Each year, Canadians pay their respects to – and remember – thousands of workers who were killed, injured, or suffered an illness as a result of a work-related incident. We also honour the families and friends of those workers who have been deeply affected by these tragedies.

The National Day of Mourning, held each year in Canada on April 28th, is a day dedicated to remembering and honouring the lives lost or injured due to a tragedy in the workplace. Each year, Canadians pay their respects to – and remember – thousands of workers who were killed, injured, or suffered an illness as a result of a work-related incident. We also honour the families and friends of those workers who have been deeply affected by these tragedies.

At Cox Automotive Canada, we believe every worker has the right to return home safely at the end of each working day, and we recognize that the National Day of Mourning is an opportunity to renew our commitment to ensuring exemplary health and safety in the workplace.

Across all Cox Automotive Canada business units, we have taken the necessary steps towards providing a healthy and safe work environment by:

  • launching the WHMIS 2015/SIMDUT 2015 online training module, aligned with new regulations in keeping with the Global Harmonized Information System
  • offering online training modules, including the Smith System Driver Training, Battery Safety Handling, Health and Safety Orientation, First Aid Training Supervisor, and Worker Awareness
  • having joint Health & Safety Committees made up of management and worker representatives that meet regularly to discuss how best to eliminate health and safety hazards in the workplace
  • assigning representatives to provide awareness on safety issues by performing regular health and safety inspections in the workplace and speaking with team members
  • hosting team meetings that consistently include health and safety information (i.e., Manheim Safety PIT Stop meetings in all departments
  • developing CAC Health and Safety Best Practices that will act as guidelines for all CAC business units across Canada
  • creating a CAC Health and Safety webpage on Fuel, to be launched summer 2018
  • establishing a role specifically dedicated to Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace

Recent Canadian statistics tell us that 905 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada in 2016; in addition to those fatalities, 241,508 claims were accepted for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease. The fact that these statistics only include information that is reported and accepted by Canada’s compensation boards suggests that the total number of workers impacted in our country is likely even higher.

Moreover, these numbers do not speak to how many individuals are directly affected by workplace tragedies, as each death impacts loved ones, families, friends, and coworkers who are left behind.

“At Cox Automotive Canada, we recognize that observing the National Day of Mourning is not just something we do to remember the deceased,” said Nick Sampath, National Manager, Safety and Facility. “It’s also a day we observe to protect the living. It’s an opportunity we take to make our work environment a place where team members can thrive.”

This Saturday, April 28th the Canadian flag will fly at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings. Both employers and employees across the country will observe the National Day of Mourning in a variety of ways, including lighting candles, laying wreaths, wearing commemorative pins or ribbons, and pausing for a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m.

The day, which originated with the labour movement in Sudbury, Ontario, in 1984, is now observed in over 80 countries.

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