When Rebecca Orr laces up her shoes to walk in Steps for Life, her reasons are both intensely personal, and universal. Rebecca’s husband Lance was killed when a load of heavy concrete forms slipped from the chains of an overhead crane and crushed him. Now, Rebecca participates in Steps for Life– Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy and will act as a spokesperson for the walk in Vancouver this spring.

“I am honoured to be taking part in my 4th Steps for Life walk,” Rebecca says. “By sharing my story I hope to raise more awareness of the effect workplace tragedy has on the families left behind.”

Steps for Life is a five-km walk to support families like Rebecca’s, affected by workrelated fatalities, life-altering injuries and occupational disease. Created in 2005, Steps for Life is the flagship fundraiser for the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support (known as Threads of Life). This spring, 29 communities from coast to coast will play host to Steps for Life. They will be joined by individuals and organizations who are committed to workplace health and safety.

The annual event raises money so that Threads of Life can provide peer support programs and services for families, and increase awareness about the importance of workplace health and safety. Last year’s Steps for Life raised more than $770,000 for this work.

“We all have a role to play in workplace safety,” Rebecca says. “I don’t want to have what has happened to me happen to someone else. Let’s make our community and our workplace a safe place to be. Because one life lost is one too many.”

You can get involved by registering to walk, or donating to another walker or team. Steps for Life includes a team challenge for any group of three or more walkers, who join together to participate and raise money for the cause.

For more information about Steps for Life walks, visit: stepsforlife.ca

Actsafe is supporting Threads of Life as part of our 2020 CSR initiative by donating all revenue generated from the advertisements in 2020’s quarterly newsletters to this incredible association.


This article was written for our quarterly newsletter, Safety Scene. You can find a link to the full edition below.

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