Human impact of workplace deaths explored in new film

A new documentary film commissioned by the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) looks at first-hand accounts from victims of construction workplace accidents and their families.
There are more than 2,000 construction-related deaths each year in Canada, according to CLAC. Before Day’s End, “examines the human impact that workplace accidents have on their victims and communities,” the film’s website says.

"I never had a meaningful conversation with him after that day," says a father whose son was pinned and suffocated by a malfunctioning lift, leading to a coma, and eventually, death. "There was a point in time where I guess my prayers might have turned from, 'Let's get him back,' to, 'Let's let him go.'

"I can't take that day back, I cannot reverse time", says a young man who was seriously injured on a job site.

The documentary aims to help its viewers become conscious of the risks of daily tasks and the importance of following safety precautions and of exercising care when working, CLAC said in a press release.

The film will be released on Sept. 3 on

CLAC is Canadian labour union representing more than 50,000 workers in the construction, health care, service, transportation and manufacturing sectors.