Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Minister's message / National Day of Mourning (10/04/27)

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April 27, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following message was issued today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault in recognition of the National Day of Mourning, Wednesday, April 28:

April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning, when events will be held in workplaces and communities across the country to reflect on the preventable injuries suffered each year by people exposed to unsafe work environments.

As minister responsible for WorkSafeNB, I believe it is important to foster a safe work environment for all our province's workers. I commend both the stakeholders and the staff of WorkSafeNB for their hard work and dedication toward protecting New Brunswick's workers and promoting safe workplaces.

Workplace accidents are preventable, and employers and employees need to work together to help reduce the number of accidents that happen on the job each year.

Last year, tragically nine New Brunswickers lost their lives and 11,344 workers were hurt on the job. I want to express my sympathy and concern to the families and co-workers of these individuals for the sacrifices and pain these accidents have caused.

We all must continue to play an important role in ensuring that health and safety remains our top priority to help prevent workplace tragedies.

I encourage all individuals to strive to improve workplace safety in our province.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506 453-8617.

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