August 3, 2012
Alberta construction firms sweep Steps for Life walk
Alberta-based companies swept the top three spots in the inaugural Corporate Challenger fundraising event at this year’s annual Steps for Life walk in support of workplace health and safety.
Two teams from Edmonton’s Alta-Fab Structures collectively raised $11,630 and Team Sass in Fort McMurray came in third place by raising $1,765.
The annual fundraising walk supports the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, known as Threads of Life, a registered Canadian charity dedicated to providing peer support programs and services to families affected by a workplace fatality, life-altering injury and occupational disease
On May 6, 2012 more than 4,400 people in 37 communities across Canada participated in the five-kilometre walk. More than $400,000 was raised in cash donations.
Alta-Fab’s strong safety culture was the key to their success, said team organizer Millie Lovell in a release.
“Safety plays a key role in our company, and we all benefit when we practice it — at work and at home. Stop, think, plan. These are the words that keep our workers safe. As Corporate Challengers, we took a step toward reinforcing our commitment to preventing workplace injuries — among staff and in our community.”
As a Corporate Challenger, local businesses and organizations demonstrate their commitment to preventing future workplace tragedies by challenging their colleagues in other communities, other local businesses — and even their competitors — to raise funds and awareness to help families that have been affected by a workplace tragedy.
“The dedication and support of businesses like Alta-Fab is critical to building the momentum necessary for safer workplaces,” said Threads of Life executive director, Shirley Hickman.
She thanked all of the businesses and organization who participated in the Corporate Challenge.
“Through awareness and action, you are helping to protect Canadian families from future workplace tragedies.”
Steps for Life traditionally kicks off North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) and offers opportunities for families of workplace tragedy to walk with corporate leaders, workers, health and safety professionals and students to raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety, so every worker can arrive home safe.
Threads of Life currently supports more than 1,200 family members across the country.
Next year’s walk will be held on May 5, 2013.
For more information, visit www.stepsforlife.ca.
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