Each worker and family member who has been affected by a workplace tragedy is a thread in the quilt of life.

The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, known as Threads of Life, is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to supporting families after a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. Our network of family members and corporate partners believes traumatic workplace injuries, occupational diseases and deaths are preventable.

What is workplace tragedy?

On any given workday in Canada, three people will die from a job-related fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. Even one is too many.

These individuals leave behind families, friends and co-workers devastated by this tragic loss and woven together by a need for grief counseling, crisis intervention support, healthy coping skills, assistance with workplace investigations and inquiries, community building, and a common voice to help prevent other Canadian families from experiencing the same pain and suffering.

Here's how we can help.

Missing Jamie

Roger and Jamie had been friends forever. Now, as young men they loved getting together for fishing, a game of pool, or just to swap stories. When Jamie died after entering the hold of the barge, an airtight confined space with no oxygen, Roger could hardly believe his friend was gone. Even in his shock, though, he realized that the right procedures and training could have prevented Jamie's death. The realization led him into a career in health and safety. What, or who sparked your own passion for health and safety? Reflect on that and renew your passion as you read Roger's story.


Karen Lapierre Pitts
Threads of Life
Manager-Family Support
Toll free: 1-888-567-9490