Memorials were held in communities across BC, and Canada, and around the world.
All to remember workers killed on the job.
MLAs stood in the legislature to recognize the 32nd national Day of Mourning.
“Members please rise for a moment of silence.”
WorkSafe B-C says there were 122 work-related deaths in this province last year.
72 people were killed by occupational diseases linked to exposure to asbestos decades ago, while traumatic injuries cause the other 50 deaths.
Both sides of the house spoke today agreed that one life lost is too many.
Jobs Minister Shirley Bond says workplace deaths are devastating.
“It is unacceptable for workplace tragedies such as these to happen and it is devastating for everyone we can all agree that even one life lost at any workplace is one too many.”
The NDP’s Shane Simpson says keeping workers safe should be the priority.
“It is our obligation to challenge WorkSafe BC to be the best that they can be, to challenge them to focus their attention on both prevention and rehabilitation and to be strong in enforcement in demanding that all workplaces be as safe as they can be.”
The first National Day of Mourning was held in 1985 to recognize the passing of the first Workers Compensation Act in Canada, which took place in Ontario.