Day of mourning for workers killed
This is a day of mourning for workers killed on the job. Last year in B.C., 125 people died as a result of workplace injury or disease.
The Workers Compensation Board organizes the annual day of mourning. It hopes to raise awareness of work place safety issues to bring down the number of victims.
Meanwhile, the Hospital Employees Union is calling on employers to do more. Union spokesperson Mike Old says injury claims are up eleven percent over the same period last year. He says during this same period the Workers Compensation Board reduced premiums paid by employers. He says, "they're being rewarded for their dismal record on prevention".
Old says the Workers Compensation Board rolled back premiums paid by employers 14 percent at the beginning of April. He's calling on employers to re-invest that money in injury prevention programs.