Today – three families will be told that a loved one is not returning home from work.
The Annual Steps for Life is a five-kilometer charity walk for Canadian families who’ve suffered because of workplace tragedies.
Chair of the Wood Buffalo Safety Committee, Tamera Madden tells Mix News on average, three people die in Canada every day because of work-related illnesses or injuries and each of those tragedies has a ripple effect.
“Death and injuries in the workplace happen everyday – they happen in our community as well,” Madden said. “So, the Steps for Life for walking for those families is a chance to put a face to workplace tragedy and offer a way to support these families and improve health and safety across the country.”
Organized by Threads of Life – the walk educates the community about the devastating ripple effect of workplace tragedy and renews the commitment to prevention.
Madden says people will be able to shine a light on those who’ve died, become ill or been injured because of workplace tragedies.
“We’ve invited our municipal dignitaries and after that if we open up the floor to anyone who would like to talk about anything such as losing a friend or family member to a situation that has happened in the workplace – they can do that.”
Meanwhile, Friday, April 28th will mark the Workers’ National Day of Mourning.
Shelley Buckshaw is also with the Wood Buffalo Safety Committee and says it will be a chance for all involved to renew that commitment to prevention of life-altering workplace occupational injuries or illness.
“One particular day, just to remind us what we are doing and we can reflect on some of the good things that we’ve done or seen, continue to rededicate ourselves to moving forward – what we want to do to help prevent workplace injuries and illnesses and just remember people that did give the ultimate sacrifice.”
Fort McMurray’s National Day of Mourning ceremony takes place at Howard Pew Park with the event beginning at 10:45 a.m.
30 Steps for Life walks will happen across Canada with Fort McMurray’s walk taking place on May 7th at the Birchwood Trails starting at 10 a.m.
To become a runner, sponsor or volunteer visit Steps for Life website.