Workplace Health and Safety

Canada’s unions mourn the death of three rail workers in BC

February 5, 2019

Canada’s unions are mourning the loss of three railroad workers after a train derailment in British Columbia on Monday. The Canadian Pacific (CP) train derailed east of Field, BC, near the Alberta-British Columbia boundary.

“On behalf of the over 3 million CLC members, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families, friends and co-workers who are mourning the loss,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff. “This loss will be felt by rail workers and their families across the country.”

The victims were members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC). This latest tragedy means that eight railway workers have now died in Canada since November 2017.

“This is an absolute tragedy. Everyone expects their loved ones to come home at the end of the work day,” said Yussuff. “We will monitor these investigations closely, and call on the government and the rail industry to take the necessary steps to prevent these accidents in the future. Even one workplace death is one too many.

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