Working to heal families and bring an end to workplace tragedies
Stories of Hope
Threads of Life participants and supporters are working to prevent future tragedies by telling their stories and making sure everyone understands why workplace safety is important.
There is hope …
“It has been a long journey since the death of my husband. Each day is a gift to us and we remember Leo every day. After years of counselling, support from family for myself and the children, and finding Threads of Life we have been able to live a new normal.
-Erin Pitruzella, whose husband Leo, a labourer for a paving company, died when he was struck by a dump truck loaded with asphalt
If today is an average working day in Canada
Three workers die today
3 Canadian workers will be killed or die as a result of occupational disease
Hundreds injured today
Hundreds will be seriously injured or made ill because of work
Thousands affected today
Thousands of families, communities and workplaces will be affected
You may have heard of Therapeutic Horticulture and thought “How can a plant give me therapy?!” Gardening promotes physical activity, mental acuity and both social interaction and solitude. All age groups can find something interesting to do in the garden.
Steps for Life-Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy events will fill the next two weekends, and the days between, with fun and meaning. Our big, passionate community across the country will meet in spirit to honour those affected by work-related tragedy, and to spread the word of prevention. Who could say it better than Emma? Emma takes part in memory of her grandfather who was killed on the job. Thanks, Emma, for contributing this poem that covers Steps for Life from A to Z!
For families affected by work-related tragedy, most of those dates are very personal: a last birthday, the date of the funeral, the day of a missed anniversary or graduation. These are their personal days of mourning.
But National Day of Mourning, April 28 each year, is a date everyone shares, when we can gather in community to honour and remember those killed or injured at work, and refresh our commitment to preventing future tragedies.