Youth Warned of Workplace Danger
April 26, 2002
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Youth Warned Of Workplace Danger
dated April 26, 2002
April 25, 2002
Rob Ellis, the father of 18 year old Dave Ellis who was crushed to death in a bakery machine the second day on the job, urged 2,500 students in Windsor to learn from David's error of not asking about dangers on the job.
"So he took the job and I assumed, I assumed as a businessman, and I assumed as a parent, that the place that he was going to work at was safe. And I assumed wrong. I assumed wrong."
The students from the Windsor and Essex County area of Ontario were brought together by the CAW Health and Safety Department and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to hear Ellis speak about his son.
"It takes a lot of guts to ask questions to a new boss. I know it does, I've been there. If you don't have enough backbone to do that, can I just ask you one thing this morning? Will you think of Dave? Just for one second will you think of Dave? Dave would have said "Dad don't worry. My friends will help you out." And that is what I'm relying on today. I'm relying on each and every one of you guys to think of Dave and to help me out. Because we can make a change for Canada."
CAW National President Buzz Hargrove urged the students to demand to know what the dangers are in the workplace.
CAW National President
"There is no such thing as a safe workplace. No matter how safe it looks. No matter how comfortable you feel going into the workplace there is always a danger lurking somewhere.
"In the province of Ontario, on average, in each day of the year one worker gets killed on the job. Just think about that, one worker per day."
Glen Wright of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board told the students that the workplace kills more people than drunk drivers.
"The fact is twice as many people die at work, in Canada, as die from drunk driving accidents. It's serious business and we have to do something about it."
Rob Ellis answered many questions from the students, who were enthralled by his passion and touched by his emotion. One student came forward and hugged him. Ellis said that while the number of deaths and injuries is down 50 percent in the past year there is still a long way to go and he called on the students to protect themselves and their friends.
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