My father in law was an airport firefighter. Of the men who were on his crew, only one is alive today. All the rest (including him) have died of various cancers, and it is still happening today. Please read the whole thing.
Is Today the day you die at work?
Over 1,000 Canadian workers are dying every year.
In Canada, four workers die each day.
The number of people killed at work each year in Canada has risen for the past 15 years.
This is in contrast to almost every other OECD country where the incidence of workplace fatalities is declining.
In 2007, according to the latest report from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, 1,055 people lost their lives at work. That’s four people every work day. Dead because their workplace was not safe. Dead because they got injured. Dead because they got cancer. Dead because they were attacked.
Four people every day who never come home again. Dead because their employer failed to ensure they were safe at work. In addition to these workers killed at work, there are many others where the death goes unreported if they die of a disease unrecognized as an occupational disease.