Richmond remembers killed and injured workers

Richmond will host to two ceremonies this weekend marking Canada’s national Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job.

The annual day falls on Sunday, April 28. Many schools, however, are marking it on Friday, April 26. That’s the day Vancouver International Airport is holding its ceremony near the Spirit of Haida Gwaii Jade canoe.

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Phil Huxley, whose son died from injuries sustained during an accident at his job in a nursery, will speak at the airport about his experience.

Then, on Sunday, April 28, Dale Walker with WorkSafeBC will address attendees at the annual Fishermen’s Memorial Ceremony in Garry Point Park.

In 2018 there were 131 work-related deaths in the province, according to WorkSafeBC. All but six of the people who died were men.

General construction is the subsector with the highest number of death claims in the province, according to WorkSafeBC. It’s followed by transportation and then public administration.

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