Threads of Life

Threads of Life

April 27, 2011 10:41 ET

New Book Calls for Safer Worksites With Canadian Stories of Families Left Behind

Threads of Life Marks Day of Mourning with Forget Me Not Book Release

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2011) -

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Threads of Life, the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, will mark Canada's National Day of Mourning on April 28, with the release of its first book: Forget Me Not…Canadian Stories of Workplace Tragedies from the Families' Perspective. Forget Me Not is also the first book to promote safer worksites through 21 stories of Canadian workplace fatalities, life-altering injuries and occupational disease, as told by the affected families.

"Forget Me Not is a wake-up call to counter complacency and motivate employers and workers to create safer worksites," said Shirley Hickman, Executive Director and Co-founder, Threads of Life. "Workers and employers can apply lessons learned from these true stories to reinforce onsite safety training and parents can use this book to initiate conversations with their working age youth about workplace risks." The book is dedicated to Canada's more than 1,000 workers who die on the job each year, as well as the more than 260,000 others who are annually injured at work.

Written by awarding-winning periodical and occupational health and safety writer Scott Williams, Forget Me Not features standalone chapters of stories that span the country, cutting across industry sectors and demographics. Chapters outline the aftermath effect of tragedies, along with lessons learned and how they might have been prevented, with facts and figures for various sectors.

Forget Me Not is a fundraising item and can be purchased tax-free for $19.99, plus shipping and handling, through the charity's website at All proceeds raised through book sales will go directly to Threads of Life support programs and services for families of workplace tragedy.

Books and order forms will also be available during Steps for Life, Threads of Life's annual fundraising walks, held at more than 38 community sites across Canada, between April 23 and May 15.

Threads of Life was established in 2003 as a national charity dedicated to supporting families, who have suffered from a workplace tragedy, along their journey of healing. It currently supports more than 1,100 families across Canada with services, such as one-on-one peer support, links to community resources and opportunities to promote workplace injury prevention at the grassroots level.

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