Statement from B.C. New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix on the National Day of Mourning
Vancouver -- B.C. New Democrat leader Adrian Dix issued the following statement on the National Day of Mourning:
“Today across our province and country, workers, families and employers are coming together to mourn those who lost their life while on the job. Last year alone, workplace accidents and illness took the lives of 142 people in our province.
"Work place safety and protection has become more and more compromised over recent years. We must recommit to the historic compromise workers and employers reached to ensure employees are safe from harm on the job site. Government, through proper enforcement of workplace safety regulations, can help prevent these tragedies that cuts workers lives short, and leaves colleagues, supervisors and owners, families, friends with an enduring and painful sense of loss.
"Front and centre in our thoughts today are the forest workers who lost their lives and were injured in the recent explosions at Prince George’s Lakeland Mills and Burns Lake's Babine Forest products. We expect that the investigation into mill safety prompted by these tragedies proceeds in a thorough and timely fashion, and that lessons that can keep workers safe and healthy are applied. "