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City of Saint John Observes 2012 Day of Mourning

Fri April 27, 2012

The City of Saint John, The Saint John Fire Department and the Saint John Police Force will join with Worksafe NB and the New Brunswick Federation of Labour in observing the 2012 Day of Mourning, Saturday, April 28.

In addition to lowering the flags in front of City Hall, City representatives will attend official ceremonies and lay a wreath at the Saint John District Labour Council monument at the W. Franklin Hatheway Labour Exhibit Centre in Rockwood Park at 11 am.

The National Day of Mourning commemorates workers whose lives have been lost or injured in the workplace.

“The loss of a single employee is an irretrievable loss to all of us, and to our community,” said Peter Morgan, Safety Manager for the City of Saint John.” Employers and employees must work together to ensure safe work places and to build a safer, healthier future.”

In 2009, The City of Saint John and the Saint John Police Force, in partnership with Worksafe NB, implemented the 5*22 Safety Management System. Workplace accidents at the City have decreased since its inception.

“Safe and healthy workplaces result from the dedicated efforts of management staff working closely with all employees to eliminate hazards and prevent workplace accidents," said Morgan.

The National Day of Mourning is held annually on April 28, and was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, eight years after it was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress.