Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

April 28, 2014 08:21 ET

Media Must Step-Up Covering the Plight of all Workers: Dillon

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 28, 2014) - "The Day of Mourning is a nationally-recognized day to mourn and reflect on workers who have died as a result of workplace incidents and occupational disease," said Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, adding that "when a worker dies in an incident on the job, media coverage of his or her death is minimal or non-existent."

On April 28th, Canada reflects on those who gave their lives in building the roads, homes and infrastructure we all depend on. Canada's Building Trades regret every injury, every life lost and every occupational disease acquired in the workplace. The Day of Mourning is also a day to try and proactively affect the future. Our trades not only reflect at this time of year, but also work collaboratively year-round to prevent future tragedies.

"The real frustration is in knowing that virtually all work-related deaths are completely preventable and yet they continue to happen on a regular basis," noted Dillon. "Unfortunately, there is a gap in media coverage, which partly explains widespread apathy about workplace health and safety as well as Prevention. Lack of awareness about workers who are injured and killed on the job is due, in part, to sparse media coverage about their plight, in contrast to uniformed men and women who are killed in their workplace, which is equally tragic, but receives far more media and public attention," observed Dillon. "Low media coverage translates into low political interest and thus sub-optimal public policies to protect a wide range of workers in every sector of our economy."

"Let's work together to recognize and elevate the voices of all workers who earn their living while being subjected to risk and danger. Let's focus on actually improving their working conditions to stop the carnage now," urged Dillon, saying that "the first step in capturing the public's imagination on this issue is to heighten media scrutiny of unsafe workplace practices and to do a better job of reporting on tragedies when they do happen. April 28th serves as a reminder to us all, but effective change can only come about through ongoing action by employers, workers and government, and support from the media is critically important," concluded Dillon.

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