National Day of Mourning ceremony to be held

It is April, and this year's National Day of Mourning ceremony will take place on April 28 for workers killed and injured on the job.

It is April, and this year’s National Day of Mourning ceremony will take place on April 28 to mark those who have been killed and injured on the job.

The local ceremony will be at the District of Fort St. James Office at 11 a.m. on April 28.

Each year, WorkSafe BC marks the day to draw attention to preventable workplace incidents and honour workers injured or killed and the District of Fort St. James hosts a ceremony at their office, with industry representatives and WorkSafe representatives.

In 2013 128 workers in B.C. were fatally injured on the job, 67 deaths were a result of exposure to asbestos decades ago.

One of the 167 deaths was in the Bulkley-Nechako Region.

By industry, 28 deaths were in general construction and 16 were in metal and metallic products industry.

One way employers can help to recent injuries and deaths related to workplace hazards is the Certificate of Recognition (COR) Program through WorkSafe BC.

The program offers financial incentives in the form of rebates back from Work Safe premiums paid over the year.

Employers need to develop guidelines and policies to help prevent injuries and ensure all employees are properly trained and prepared in case of emergency and all incidents are documented.

Each industry is evaluated through a certified organization and once certified, businesses can not only get up to 50 per cent of their premiums back, but they can also get priority on bid competitions and publicly promote their certification as a WorkSafe COR business.