FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following message was issued today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Martine Coulombe in recognition of the National Day of Mourning, Saturday, April 28:

April 28 marks the National Day of Mourning, where we pause to reflect upon the preventable injuries suffered each year by workers throughout the province. Throughout the nation, events will be held in workplaces and communities to raise awareness of the importance of health and safety in the workplace.
As minister responsible for WorkSafeNB, I commend both the stakeholders and the staff for their hard work and dedication to protecting New Brunswick workers and promoting safe workplaces. I am proud that New Brunswick boasts one of the lowest injury rates in Canada. Workplace accidents are preventable, and employers and employees need to continue 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 close to 11,000 workers were hurt on the job. I express my sympathy and concern to the families and co-workers of these individuals for the 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.