Mr. Doug Fee (Red Deer):
Mr. Speaker, on a sombre note I rise to pay tribute to victims of work related accidents on this National Day of Mourning.
In Canada work place fatalities and injuries cost about $9 billion each year for direct compensation to individuals, retraining and lost productivity.
No amount of dollars can replace a human life. Occupational health and safety is everyone's concern. Safety and health efforts must be both preventive and proactive.
Education and training are required to nurture the kind of awareness that will minimize work place accidents and illnesses. While governments and laws serve a useful regulatory function, it is still the workers and employers who must work together to create safe work places.
On this sombre occasion, it is not enough to mourn those who have died. We must encourage everyone, labour or management, to rededicate themselves to improved safety programs and to making safe and healthy work environments a reality.
Topic: STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 31
Subtopic: NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING