Three today but that’s not me
No need to worry, it’s never me
They should do more, can’t they see
Even I know that and it’s never me
If it’s going to stop it will be by we
It can’t just be them; this includes me
Be the change we hope to see
Even I know that; I’m part of we
There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t hear the shock expressed when I share that today, in Canada, three workers will be killed on the job or die as a result of occupational disease. As reported by the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada, 18,194 workers lost their lives between the years 2000 and 2018 in Canada.
At Threads of Life our vision is to lead and inspire a culture shift, as a result of which work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths are morally, socially and economically unacceptable.
For this culture shift to occur we need to collectively do our parts to, “be the change.” Not only does this include employers, employees, unions, government, compensation boards and safety system organizations, it requires much broader engagement. Individuals, families, the media, our educational institutions and our communities as a whole have critical roles to play to achieve this culture shift.
I thank those individuals and organizations that are leading and inspiring a healthy and safe workplace culture. Each year North American Occupational Safety and Health week (NAOSH week) takes place in early May. The goal of NAOSH week is to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. Congratulations to all involved in NAOSH week and beyond for striving to ensure that all workers come home healthy and safe each and every day.