Unequal Toll: Finding Worker Deaths for Prevention
April 28, 2023 1:30 – 3:00pm
Marking Canada’s National Day of Mourning to remember, and learn from, workers who have suffered work-related disability, disease and death
Front-line workers in many sectors, including Healthcare, Education, Agriculture and Food Processing, Hospitality and Retail, have suffered disproportionate harm and injury since the beginning of the pandemic. Often the connection of these deaths to the victim’s work is not recognized (or compensated), and therefore not adequately investigated, nor prevented (in future). As the pandemic has spread and evolved, the complacent phrase “community transmission” has grown more frequent and audible, to the point of entrenchment in policy and relaxation of workplace (and societal) protections.
In order to stop the harm, we need to recognize the patterns of infection and the points of intervention that can influence change.
Guest Speaker: Nora Loreto, freelance writer and editor of the Canadian Association of Labour Media
She is hosted by Dorothy Wigmore, BA, BSc, MS and MFA (pending) Occupational Health Coordinator on the Migrant and Rubber Worker Project teams at OHCOW.
View this two-part webinar for a discussion on what we know and don’t know about pandemic-related worker deaths and long-term illness/disability, and especially how we can use this information to recognize, assess and control infectious airborne virus risks in our workplaces today and tomorrow.
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