Day of Mourning Service in Estevan, a Chance to Reflect

Source: SaskToday

April 29, 2024

Candles were lit in honour of those who died from workplace-related incidents and illnesses.

ESTEVAN – The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) Local 7606 once again organized a Day of Mourning Service at the Estevan Coal Car on April 28.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) No. 2067 joined UMWA members to honour those who have died or been injured for workplace-related reasons. Darcy Wright from the IBEW read the names from the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s fatality and claim acceptance list for the past year, and UMWA members lit candles in memory of those who died.

A total of 29 names were on this year’s list. Motor vehicle collisions accounted for nine of the deaths. Asbestos exposure (five), heart attacks (four) and cancer among firefighters (three) were other leading causes of fatalities.

“We are here once more to honour those that have fallen in their line of work or because of their work,” said Wright.

It’s also important to be mindful of those who were injured or maimed and might not be able to continue on with their employment.

“We will remember what has happened in our workplaces in the future,” said Wright.

April 28 is the International Day of Mourning. It is observed each year to remember those who have lost their lives, suffered injury or illness on the job, or experienced a work-related tragedy.