Working to End Workplace Deaths and Injury

May 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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Fred Broughton told the moving story of the tragic loss of his 22 year-old son Bruce in a workplace accident on a construction site in Alberta.

In an emotional speech to Council delegates Fred outlined the devastating impact of the death of his son on his family and friends. He stressed the importance of making sure young people understand the importance of training, skills and knowledge as well as safe work procedures.

"We need to support one another and prevent tragic workplace accidents," Broughton said as part of a recognition ceremony observing April 28 as the National Day of Mourning honouring those killed or injured on the job.

Delegate after delegate rose to the microphones to outline the importance of employers providing appropriate health and safety training for all, but especially young workers, and workers with precarious jobs, who suffer a much higher percentage of workplace deaths and injuries.

In 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 939 Canadians lost their lives as a direct result of their work, the CLC said.

Broughton is a member of Threads of Life, a support group for families who have suffered from a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. For more information on Threads of Life visit

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