From a fellow MHSA staff member...
In describing the National Day of Mourning to my children one of my sons said “Oh you mean, Remembrance Day for Workers?” I couldn’t have worded it any better. Understanding was instantaneous and his young mind was reflecting on what that really meant. “That’s your job, right, to help people be safe so no one gets hurt?”
Lessons are learned every day, discoveries are made, ideas emerge and commitment is forged. Today is a day to recognize the cost, the loss, the heartache and the opportunity for better.
There are hazards in every task, but there is also opportunity for change in every act and the choices we make. Our safety and the safety of those we work with is in our hands; each as an individual and an employer. Let me share with you three questions that are the foundation to creating change. If we make these a part of how we take on every task we will be closer to an injury free work place.
“What could go wrong?”
“How bad could it be?”
“What am I doing about it?”
Recognition, understanding and commitment are the key for reduction and elimination of work place injuries, disabilities and fatalities.
Please take a moment today to remember the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illness as a result of work related incidents and pay respect to the family and friends who have been affected.