EACOM Steps Up to Promote Workplace Safety with Threads of Life

2018-03-27 | News / Press Releases

$10,000 donation towards the nationwide Steps for Life community walks

Timmins, March 27th, 2018 – EACOM Timber Corporation Timmins’ sawmill was the stage of a safety celebration Tuesday morning as leadership, staff and production crew gathered at a town hall meeting. Kevin Edgson, EACOM President and CEO, offered a $10,000 cheque to the Threads of Life local committee to support the organization’s flagship event – Steps for Life. This fun, 5km walk aims to educate the community about the devastating ripple effects of a workplace tragedy and how we can work together to prevent others being injured or killed on the job.

Manufacturing remains an environment with significant risks associated with workplace safety. “At EACOM, we are committed to providing our employees with a safe work environment, to investing in training and prevention, and to nurturing a collective safety culture. We want everyone to return home to their families healthy at the end of each day” said Edgson. “This spring, we will be walking in our communities with family, friends and co-workers; and we hope many will join us for such an important and worthy cause.”

In April and May, more than 30 communities across the country will host a Steps for Life walk. All proceeds support Threads of Life, a national charitable organization dedicated to helping families to heal after they have been affected by a traumatic workplace fatality, life-altering workplace injury or occupational disease. Threads of Life currently supports more than 2,700 family members from across the country.

“Threads of Life with its trained volunteer family guides is able to continue providing wisdom, guidance and peer support to families suffering from workplace injuries with donations such as these” stated Jeff Kiezer, Registration Lead at Threads of life.

“We hope our contribution will help raise community support for families affected by workplace tragedy, but most importantly, raise awareness about the need for safety to eliminate life-altering workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths” concluded Edgson.

The public may find information about which cities are holding a Steps for Life walk, sponsor a local team or register by visiting www.stepsforlife.ca.

(From left to right, starting at the back) Jeff Webber, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at EACOM; Jeff Kiezer, Registration Lead at Threads of life; John Bell, Health and Safety Manager at EACOM and Threads of Life member; Richard Cuddihy, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at EACOM; Bob Quarelle, living with a life-altering injury and Threads of life volunteer; Kevin Edgson, President and Chief Executive Officer at EACOM; and Josh Theriault, Threads of life member

About EACOM Timber Corporation
EACOM Timber Corporation is a major Eastern Canadian wood products company. Operations include the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of lumber and wood-based value-added products, and the management of forest resources. EACOM owns seven sawmills (five in Ontario, two in Quebec), a remanufacturing facility (Quebec), and an engineered I-joist plant (Ontario) with over 1,100 employees. The Company is committed to investing in strong assets, including healthy forests, advanced technology, and talented people. For more information visit our website at www.EACOM.ca and follow us on Twitter @EACOMcorp.

About Threads of Life
The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, known as Threads of Life, supports the healing journey of families who have suffered from a workplace fatality, traumatic life-altering injury, or occupational disease. For more information, visit www.threadsoflife.ca.

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Additional information
Julie Paquet
Communications Director
T 514 848-6815 #6944