Our Blog: Safety culture

Sharing stories for healing and change

This Friday, as most people are winding up their workweek and thinking about downtime, a dozen volunteers will be rolling up their sleeves and getting down to work. The newest group of Threads of Life speakers will spend three days … Continue reading

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How to talk to families after a tragedy

(Posted on January 24, 2017) “This relationship [with the employer] was very important to our family. We felt that they sincerely cared about us and would do whatever they could to help us through the difficult times.” No one wants … Continue reading

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Remembering Michael Bonvie and a preventable workplace tragedy

(Posted on January 17, 2017) On October 26, 2006, Town of New Glasgow Public Works employee Michael Bonvie died at the scene of a preventable workplace accident on Foxbrook Road, Westville, NS at 9:30 a.m.  On that fateful day, Michael … Continue reading

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Talking to strangers about safety

(Posted on October 18, 2016) Most days, you don’t have to look far to spot safety problems all around you. The crew walking around on the neighbours’ roof with no fall protection. The young woman mowing grass for a company … Continue reading

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Corporate Volunteerism: Why it’s good for everyone

(Posted on October 11, 2016) When we think of Threads of Life corporate partners we often connect them to the financial support they provide. The reality is that financial support is only one facet of the tremendous support partners offer … Continue reading

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Health and safety speakers: “Anywhere you need me”

(Posted on August 30, 2016) “Anywhere you need me” – that’s the most frequent response when we ask Threads of Life’s new speaker trainees where they’re willing to go to share their story. Sure, our volunteer speakers have to take … Continue reading

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Change is constant: In Fishing…AND in Safety

(Posted on August 2, 2016) When I first started with the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) I heard that the fishing industry was resistant to change.  It was sometimes okay to talk about safety IF it didn’t cost … Continue reading

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Young worker safety: a family matter

(Posted on June 1, 2016) I picked up my son from work a recent afternoon. He’s home from university, helping at one of the big family farms in our neighbourhood. His jobs cover everything from rounding up a wayward cow … Continue reading

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Unveiling the Ontario Italian Fallen Workers Memorial

(Posted May 4, 2016) On April 28th, the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured in the Workplace, organizers unveiled the Ontario Italian Fallen Workers Memorial at Columbus Centre in Toronto. A project more than six years in … Continue reading

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One is too many

(Posted on April 26, 2016) Statistics can be a bit of a struggle in the health and safety world. How many work-related injuries or illnesses are really happening in an industry, a city, a province? What are the definitions? Workplace … Continue reading

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