The number of workplace-related deaths in Quebec totaled 207 in 2021, an increase of 34 compared with a year earlier, according to the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST).
Sixty people died last year in workplace accidents, three more than in 2020, while workplace-related illnesses took 147 lives, 31 more than in the previous year.
The CNESST reported that 93,028 people were injured on the job last year, a decrease of 1,722 compared with 2020. However, the 12,664 cases of workplace illnesses reported in 2021 represented an increase of 2,682 compared with the previous year. Last year’s total of 105,692 cases of workplace injuries and illness represents an overall increase of 960 compared with 2020.
Daniel Boyer, president of the FTQcriticized all levels of government for refusing to face the reality of dangerous workplaces.
Boyer argues that Quebec’s new workplace safety legislation is incomplete in the extent of its coverage and that workplaces where the majority of employees are female are inadequately protected.
The union president said that every dollar invested in employee safety represents savings of up to $10 in lost productivity because of accidents.
CSN President Caroline Senneville said the statistics are an indicator that more than ever, workplace safety must remain a priority and the prevention of workplace death or injury must be a daily concern.
April 28 is the National Day of Mourningdedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, suffered injury or illness on the job, or experienced a work-related tragedy.