Brett Anderson

Photo of Brett Anderson, 21
This worker is represented on the LifeQuilt

Brett Anderson- 21

Edmonton, AB - Forestry
On February 19, 1997, Brett was adjusting the tracking of a conveyor belt on an industrial wood grinder. He was working underneath the equipment, just below the grinder’s drive shaft. While performing this work, Brett became entangled in the rotating drive shaft. By the time he was pulled out, he was dead. Although the equipment manual specified that it must be shut down before starting maintenance, company procedures were to keep the drive shaft and conveyor belt running while making final adjustments, to ensure the tracking remained true. Brett was a leader, always there to help anyone who needed it. Brett was a proficient and gutsy athlete who was fascinated by the rodeo and taught himself to be a bullrider. He left behind a wife and three month old baby.
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In Canada, workplace fatalities claim roughly 1,000 lives every year. Thousands more suffer from serious injuries and illnesses. And every one of those deaths, injuries and illnesses has a devastating effect on family members, friends and co-workers. Through the LifeQuilt, families honoured 100 young workers killed in Canadian workplaces, as well as injured workers, by telling their stories. The following is a list of all young workers represented on the Quilt: