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National Day of Mourning

National Day of Mourning

National Day of Mourning

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In 1984, the Canadian Labour Congress established April 28th as the National Day of Mourning in Canada to remember and honour those who have died, been injured, or suffered illness in the workplace. Since then, legislation and policies in industry have come a long way.  However, in 2022 there was 993 workplace fatalities accepted by WCBs across the country.  That is almost three workers dying on the job every day in Canada.  We still have a way to go!

Stock photo of safety teamAt Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation, our employee's health and safety is, and will always be, our top priority. Our personnel are our greatest assets and we work hard to ensure that as a team, we are enabling and empowering all staff members to work safely and be healthy. 

We all have rights.  In Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and programs across the country, there are three rights afforded to workers.  We should, and will most likely soon, have these rights defined as RESPONSIBILITIES for all employees.  You can use these responsibilities in activities at home too.  Let’s review.


We are all:

Responsible to KNOW the hazards you work with:

  • Know how a tool can react.
  • Know where falls can occur.
  • Know what simultaneous operations can affect what you are doing, or what you do can affect others.
  • Know how to use equipment.
  • Know the hazards of products you work with.

Responsible to PARTICIPATE in the HSE activities:

  • Understand policies associated with an activity, ask questions if not.
  • Attend and ask questions during HSE meetings.
  • Understand and research (or ask questions) regarding best practices or procedures related to a tool, piece of equipment or activity.
  • Understand your responsibilities and how you will be held accountable to the policies and procedures in our HSE MS (Health, Safety and Environmental Management System)
  • Inspect equipment, tools and materials used in a task.
  • To perform a Field Level Hazard Assessment (FLHA) for a medium to high-risk task or operation.

Responsible to REFUSE to perform unsafe work:

  • Where conditions to perform the work are unsafe.
  • Where you are not adequately trained for the work, the hazard, the use of equipment or materials involved in the task.
  • Where it is deemed equipment or tool to be used is unsafe (does not pass pre-use inspection)

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