Good intentions — heartbreaking results

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

The tragic issue of deaths in the workplace was thrust onto the front pages of newspapers and dinnertime news broadcasts across the country earlier this month after two young Ontario students were killed during the annual Take Our Kids to Work Day, a program designed to encourage kids to stay in school and prepare them for the working world.

On the same day in Edmonton, a man who brought his grandchild to work as part of the same program was one of two men killed at a construction site, after being crushed by falling sewer pipes. The grandfather was just days away from retirement.

Despite efforts to reduce the numbers of workplace fatalities, an average of three people die on the job every day in Canada. Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are disproportionately susceptible to workplace deaths and injuries.