May 5, 2020

A Reflection on the National Day of Mourning

Last Tuesday while on site at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, PCL Construction held a moment of silence in honour of the National Day of Mourning. Also known as ‘Worker’s Mourning Day’, April 28th is a day of remembrance for all those that have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards.

It is a sharp reminder of the days in which we live, where the dangers of a standard workday have grown exponentially in the form of a global pandemic. Facemasks and gloves are now part of standard PPE, sanitizer stations are set up at every corner and a 6 foot radius is the new face to face.

Working a handful of days a week on site, I find myself both thankful that I still have a job to go to and concerned about the dangers of doing said job surrounded by others in the same situation. That being said, we are all in this together and it is hopeful to see everyone showing respect for each other’s health and well-being by ensuring they stick to the guidelines being set out by PCL. If we all do our part to be safe and secure, we will get through this.

Allan (AJ) Hearn, AET, BCxP, CFMS Project Manager

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