Steps for Life

Walking for families of workplace tragedy

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Stories of hope

Meet the faces behind the statistics

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.

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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

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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

The Sound of Workplace Tragedy

The Sound of Workplace Tragedy

Early in my career I had to make the phone call to a woman to tell her that her daughter’s father, the man she loved, had suffered a serious head injury on the job. I can still hear the silence in her voice; she was saying words to communicate with me, but I could tell that she felt a pain that caused complete silence for her when she spoke.

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Here’s #MyWhy. What’s yours?

Here’s #MyWhy. What’s yours?

Each year, we set a theme for Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy. For the 2020 events, our theme is #MyWhy. Here, National Walk Manager Heather Lyle explains the “why” behind her involvement.

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World Mental Health Day: Practicing What We Preach

World Mental Health Day: Practicing What We Preach

When I started Threads of Life, it was to provide support programs for family members living with the outcome of workplace life-altering injury, occupational diseases or outcomes of fatal injuries, such as the tragedy that our family is living with. I was very fortunate to have the support of so many organizations that understood the value that Threads of Life could bring to these family members.

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