Statistics can help us track the trends in workplace health and safety – the deaths, injuries and diseases occurring every day in our communities. But statistics don’t tell the stories of heartbreak that lie inside those trends.
The annual Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy event offers the community a chance to pay it forward by supporting those living in the aftermath and honours those true, personal stories.
One such personal story is that of Hayley Lampard, whose stepfather, Shane Hackett worked at an auto wrecking yard and was crushed when the car he was working under fell on top of him. This year, Hayley will serve as spokesperson for the Sarnia Steps for Life walk that takes place this Saturday, May 5.
The event, a five-kilometre walk, will begin at the Seaway Kiwanis Pavilion in Canatara Park. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10:30 a.m.
The event is the premier fundraiser for Threads of Life, a national charity which supports families affected by workplace tragedy. Some 30 events will take place across Canada this spring.
In addition to those personally affected by fatalities, serious injuries and occupational disease, Steps for Life includes local companies which raise pledges and enter teams, in order to demonstrate their commitment to health and safety.
The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support (known as Threads of Life) is currently supporting the healing journey of more than 2,700 family members across Canada who have suffered from a workplace fatality, traumatic life?altering injury, or occupational disease.
“Steps For Life is important to me because my goal is to raise awareness of the importance of workplace safety to the younger generations so they will be more educated on workplace hazards & safe workplace practices,” Hayley says.
More information on Steps for Life and the Threads for Life organization can be found at the links below: