Burton Isaac Reimer

Photo of Burton Isaac Reimer , 17
This worker is represented on the LifeQuilt

Burton Isaac Reimer - 17

Lake Winnipeg, MB - Fishing
Burton died on his first day of work on a commercial fishing boat, October 23, 1999. He had worked about 11 hours that day. They were six miles from shore on Lake Winnipeg when the boat took on water. The only other person in the boat was another inexperienced fisherman. No lifesaving equipment had been provided. The other man was rescued, but Burton was not. The lake soon froze over and it was nine months before Burton’s body was recovered.
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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: