Lloydminster will host their annual Day of Mourning to commemorate workers who have been injured or killed in their working environment.
In 2017, Alberta saw 166 work related deaths, while Saskatchewan has seen 27, according to Lakeland Regional Safety Committee (LRSC). Chairperson of the LRSC Jennifer Keach says that as long as the number is above zero for fatalities it is already too many.
“It is for lessons learned, we don’t want to repeat the same thing. There should be no reason why there’s a fatality loss the same way twice. if we can learn from our mistakes we can prevent that from happening.”
LRSC partners with both the Alberta and Saskatchewan Construction Safety Associations to provide training materials and resources to employers and employees. Keach says that the committee believes that preventative measures are done through training and awareness.
“The employers play a very important role, not only do they mandate what safety requirements are there, but they lead by example.”
Currently, the committee has nine members that offer training at no cost. The event will take place at City Hall on April 27.