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OPSEU readies workplace safety awareness campaign

The Toronto-based Ontario Public Service Employees Union will break a radio campaign in that province tomorrow intended to raise awareness of the issue of workplace safety. The campaign takes the form of a commemoration of workers who have been killed or injured on the job. It consists of a 30-second commercial that will air for one week on 67 Ontario radio stations, timed to coincide with the organization's annual "National Day of Mourning" on April 28.

"It's easy to say 'one death is one too many,' but it's true," said OPSEU president Warren Thomas. "The reality is that all workplace deaths and injuries are preventable, but a lack of political will to tighten enforcement of our existing health and safety laws, combined with an uncaring attitude by too many employers, add up to deadly workplaces."

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