Greetings!
Threads of Life’s newly-completed annual report for 2017 focuses on all the ways you have been helping to spread the word about Threads of Life. But we want to make sure all families who need our support know where to find it. Want to help? Just forward this newsletter to a colleague or friend.
The life-saving role of training
What happens when one of the pillars of safety is missing? Safety training may feel like a boring routine, but without it the consequences are dire. Fabien Guindon was part of a crew which hadn’t been fully trained when they started work on a 2.2-metre trench. When the trench started to collapse, Fabien raced to a ladder but was engulfed in dirt and mud. The inquest into his death found the trench had been built incorrectly, and that the workers were not instructed or supervised adequately. If your workplace needs a reminder of why training is so important, read about how Fabien’s death affected his family, and how his widow Kim Labrecque coped with the tragedy.
Forum sponsors support families affected by tragedy
Among the 100 who attended the Atlantic Family Forum this month were 26 participants who had never attended a family forum before, representing all four Atlantic provinces. When they left, many spoke of the sense of acceptance they felt, and the healing they experienced.
It was the 11 th family forum held in Atlantic Canada, and the event was filled to capacity. Thank you to our sponsors, who continue to make it possible for these families to find hope and healing. This year’s family forum sponsors were NOVA Chemicals, Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, TriWest Capital Partners, Vale Canada, WCB PEI, Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, WorkplaceNL and WorkSafeNB.
Your teamwork scores for Steps for Life!
Saskatoon walkers with a Steps for Life thank you sign.
Family groups, employee groups, community groups and more – for Steps for Life 2018, teams of all stripes worked together to promote safety and show they care. From coast to coast, 337 teams participated in Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy and raised funds that will support Threads of Life programs like our family forums, volunteer family guides, and newsletters. Through our Team Challenge, Steps for Life tracked the top fundraisers nationally and in each region of the country.
On our blog: the importance of training
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Monday mornings are a fresh start for health and safety

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