Steps for Life - Walking for Victims of Workplace Tragedy: The Faces Behind the Statistics



    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - Families from across the province will gather
to participate in the Steps for Life - Walking for Victims of Workplace
Tragedy event. On Sunday, May 6, 2007 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Toronto's
Ashbridges Bay, families who have been impacted by a workplace tragedy along
with injury prevention organizations will participate in a 5 km walk to raise
awareness about the national issue of workplace injuries, illnesses and
deaths. Over 200 families and friends are expected to participate.
    In 2006, over 412 Ontario workers died as a result or a workplace
tragedy; over 1000 nationwide. Over 80,000 Ontarians were injured seriously
enough to miss work. From 1993-2005, more than 11,123 Canadians lost their
lives due to a workplace tragedy. Threads of Life believes that injuries,
illnesses and fatalities in the workplace are morally, socially and
economically unacceptable.
    Steps for Life, formerly known as the Threads of Life 5K Run/Walk, was
created four years ago with co-founding partner IAPA (Industrial Accident
Prevention Association). Steps for Life participants include families,
friends, co-workers, health and safety professionals, supervisors, and senior
management. This event kicks-off the North American Occupational Safety and 
Health (NAOSH) Week on May 6-12, 2007. The event will consist of a 5 km walk,
along with children's activities and a family barbeque. Two other Steps for
Life events will be simultaneously coordinated in Hamilton and Thunder Bay.
Proceeds support families of workplace tragedy with Threads of Life Family
Support Programs and services. For more information or to register for the
walk visit www.stepsforlife.ca or call 1-888-567-9490.

    Threads of Life is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to
supporting families along their journey of healing who have suffered from a
workplace fatality, life-altering workplace injury or occupational disease.
Threads of Life provides families with one-on-one peer support, links to
community resources and opportunities to promote workplace injury prevention
at the grassroots level. Threads of Life currently supports over 450 families
from across the country.





For further information:

For further information: Siân Gibson, Threads of Life Partnerships &
Communications Program Manager, Tel: (905) 655-9188, E-mail:
sgibson@threadsoflife.ca

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