Occupational Safety Group (OSG) Partners with Threads of Life

National health and safety training provider vows to raise awareness of workplace tragedies London, Ontario, 14 October 2011 — Threads of Life, a national charity supporting families affected by a workplace tragedy has joined forces with Occupational Safety Group (OSG), a leader in the health and safety training and consulting industry in Canada, to help prevent further workplace fatalities, life‐ altering injuries, and occupational diseases. Workplace tragedies occur across the country at a rate of one death for every working day.

“OSG is ideally positioned to assist Threads of Life on a national level,” says Shirley Hickman, Executive Director, Threads of Life. “OSG’s commitment and expertise in educating workers and employers make them an ideal national partner for Threads of Life. They share our vision and mission to reduce and eliminate workplace tragedies for Canadian families. We trust that their leadership will inspire others to get involved with Threads of Life and to examine their own safety procedures.”

On September 23, Mark Lisburn, CEO, OSG and Frances Rodriguez, VP, Marketing & Communications presented Ms. Hickman and Bill Stunt, Chair, Board of Directors, Threads of Life with a cheque in excess of $2,200 at the charity’s Central Canada Family Forum in Barrie, Ontario.  The annual regional Family Forums bring families affected by workplace tragedy together to heal and learn healthy coping skills following a workplace tragedy. The cheque was the first quarterly instalment in OSG’s donation to the charity. Over the coming year, OSG will donate a percentage of all sales from its most popular public training session, Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Part I.

Mark Lisburn, CEO, OSG says, “Our company is dedicated to making Canadian workplaces safe. Every day we train workers across Canada and we strongly believe that the foundation of a safe workplace begins with Joint Health and Safety Committee training.”

OSG anticipates that based on the support of its staff and clients as well as current fiscal initiatives, the company will donate more than $10,000 to Threads of Life over the fiscal year. “OSG’s vision aligns closely with Threads of Life and we’re very fortunate to be in a leadership position in the health and safety community which allows us to support such a worthy cause,” explains Lisburn, “We want to make a difference and thank our clients for being a part of this … our work and our hope at OSG is to help make sure people return home the way they left.”

About Threads of Life The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support (known as Threads of Life) was created in 2003. The Canadian charity supports the healing journey of families who have suffered from a workplace fatality, traumatic life‐altering injury, or occupational disease. It supports more than 1,200 families across Canada affected by workplace tragedies. Charitable organization business #87524 8908 RR0001.

Threads of Life’s Family Support programs and services includes annual Regional Family Forums across Canada,  peer support from trained volunteers who have also experienced a workplace tragedy, subscription to a quarterly newsletter, Threads, and links to existing community resources. The Family Forums feature a signature Reflections Ceremony where families light a candle in honour of their loved one affected by workplace tragedy. Threads of Life also offers employers access to a national Speakers Bureau of volunteers who speak out about the impact of a workplace injury or fatality in their lives.

The Speakers Bureau is a popular program used successfully by employers to help re‐engage its workforce to work safely. It recently launched its first book, Forget Me Not – Canadian Stories of Workplace Tragedy from the Families’ Perspective as a wake‐up call to counter complacency in the workplace around health and safety.  The hot seller is in high‐demand. Many companies have given them to their employees as part of their health and safety initiatives and events.  The book retails for $19.99.

Media Contact: Suzan Butyn Program Manager, Marketing & Communications Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support – Threads of Life    Dir: 905‐826‐5446; Toll‐free: 1‐888‐567‐9490; email: sbutyn@threadsoflife.ca www.threadsoflife.ca; www.stepsforlife.ca

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