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Okanagan events remember workers killed on the job

A crowd gathered in Penticton Tuesday morning to mark the Day of Mourning. .
A crowd gathered in Penticton Tuesday morning to mark the Day of Mourning. . Angela Jung / Global Okanagan

PENTICTON – Communities around the Okanagan and across Canada are marking the Day of Mourning Tuesday. It is a chance to remember those who have been killed or injured on the job and or have succumbed to work related diseases. For some it is also a chance to call for action to prevent future workplace fatalities.

In Penticton the city marked the day with an event in front of McLaren Park Arena.

“We need to renew our commitment to eliminate workplace deaths and injuries. Managers, administrators and the government must take responsibility for ensuring that the workplace is safe. It falls on all of us to redouble our efforts to protect all workers,” said local CUPE president Shelie Best told the gathering. “No worker should ever get up in the morning thinking that this will be the last time they ever kiss their partner or their child.”

According to WorkSafeBC, in British Columbia 173 workers died in 2014. 98 of those who passed away succumbed to work related diseases.

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