KPU Tech students honour fallen workers

Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Cloverdale, B.C. – Students at KPU Tech built a brick installation to pay tribute to the B.C. workers who died on the job in 2015.

The installation – consisting of 122 bricks, or one for each life lost last year – was unveiled last week in advance of the Day of Mourning April 28.

The annual Day of Mourning is held on April 28 across Canada to remember the workers who lost their lives on the job, and to renew Canada’s commitment to creating healthy and safe workplaces.

According to WorkSafe BC, work-related death claims were highest in construction, wood and paper products, and transportation and related services in 2015.

“It’s important for new workers entering the trades to acknowledge that their health and safety must always be paramount,” said Brian Haugen, dean in KPU’s Faculty of Trades. “That’s why we felt it was so important to deliver this message in a way that will mean something to our students, and that they will remember when they graduate and go on to hold positions in these subsectors.”

Day of Mourning ceremonies are held throughout B.C. and co-hosted by the B.C. Federation of Labour, the Business Council of B.C. and WorkSafe BC.

Photos of the brick installation are available here.

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