April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning - a day to to remember those hurt or killed in the workplace.
Jamie Lapierre died on a barge in Port Hawkesbury, at the age of 21. Jamie's story is especially meaningful as Jamie and I lived in the same community. Like most small communities in Nova Scotia the connections are many. I have witnessed the person pain of both his family and friends having to carry on without him. His death and the impact of his loss has had on his family and friends is what motivates me to everything I can to make workplaces in Nova Scotia safer. Unfortunately,Jamie's story is one of many stories that affect families in Nova Scotia every year.
A few years ago, the WCB partnered with Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Workforce Development (the former Department of Environment and Labour) and the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour to develop a series of four television ads. The ads feature Jamie's mother, father, girlfriend and best friend, speaking about Jamie and the hole left in their lives.
They reveal the ultimate price paid when something goes horribly wrong on the job.
Although we cannot change the tragedies of the past, together we can shape a safer future for workers in Nova Scotia.
Jamie's mom, Brenda
Jamie's dad, Andre
Jamie's best friend, Roger
How can you participate in making a dedication to those who have died or been injured at work?
- observing a moment of silence
- downloading and displaying a poster in your workplace
- sharing a video with your company announcement
- attending a ceremony
- lowering flags to half-mast
- talk about it and re-new your commitment to safety practices
- Keep your self safe - be informed and work safe everyday