Media Advisory/News Tip/Photo Opportunity - Young Worker Safety Awareness Campaign Launch



    MARKHAM, ON, Sept. 29 /CNW/ -

    
    What:     Young Worker Safety Awareness Campaign Launch

    Who:      IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association)

    Where:    Steelcase
              1 Steelcase Road West
              Markham, Ontario
              (Woodbine and Steeles)

    When:     Monday, September 29, 2009
              10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    

    IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) has set its sights on
new and young workers in a safety awareness campaign aimed at drawing
attention to the alarming injury and death rates among young workers. Despite
efforts to reduce workplace accidents, injuries, and fatalities, the rates for
young workers continue unabated and their workplace experiences result -
too-often during the last six months - in newspaper headlines such as:
"Officials Identify Young Miner Worker Killed in Madoc, Ontario Talc Mine";
"Building collapse leaves Lindsay, Ontario man with life-threatening
injuries"; "Alberta Teen Killed in Forklift Accident"; and "Teenager Killed by
Hot Asphalt." To that end, IAPA is launching a campaign to raise awareness of
young worker safety and of the availability of young-worker health and safety
resources that can reduce injury and fatality rates. Scheduled to launch on
September 29, 2008 and coincide with the first day of "Healthy Workplace
Month", the IAPA campaign will take place throughout October and November
during a series IAPA regional conferences across the province - each one with
a young worker component/element.
    
    - Presentations by:
      - Maureen Shaw, President & CEO, IAPA
      - Virginia West, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour (MOL)
      - Steve Mahoney, Chair, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
      - Jessica DiSabatino, sister of David Ellis, a Burlington teen who died
        on his second day at work at an industrial bakery in 1999. DiSabatino
        will speak about Our Youth at Work foundation, founded by her father
        Rob Ellis.
      - Sarah Wheelan, Young Worker Ambassador, IAPA, who will discuss her
        own workplace experiences and the importance of young worker
        training.
    - Steelcase Plant Tour
    





For further information:

For further information: Edye Rome, Edye Rome Communication Services,
Tel: (416) 785-6213, Cell: (416) 993-6213, Email: edyerome@sympatico.ca

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