Local representatives of the workforce gathered on the Estevan Provincial Courthouse lawn on a windy Saturday to pay tribute to the lives lost on the job as part of a province-wide day of mourning.
As Darcy Wright, member of the Labour Council read the list of names, UMW rep Financial Secretary Ashley Johnson and MLA Lori Carr took turns lighting the electric candles. For Johnson, it's all about honoring those who never made it home at the end of the day.
"Just hearing the names and and where everybody's from. There's (people) from Midale, there's an Esterhazy one too...know some of the names involved there. It just kind of hits home, that everybody's got to be safe at work."
He noted that the workplace has been improving, safety wise, over the past few years.
"It's definitely talked about more, and it's in everybody's minds a lot more. Sometimes you maybe get too wrapped up and complacent from just the everyday routine, just the way your job is, and bad things happen."
"In your day to day activities, whether it's at work or at home, just make sure you're being safe with everything you do and think ahead a little bit before you do things," he concluded.