Douglas Loyer

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This worker is represented on the LifeQuilt

Douglas Loyer - 20

Cambridge, ON - Construction
My son Douglas, was killed in a workplace accident on July 28, 2000. The company did not provide a lock for the lockout system. A previous employee did not clear the computer panel. When my son was told to go in a standard cement mixer to clean off the hardened cement, another employee turned on his machine, which activated my son’s machine. The machine’s inside paddles crushed and pinned him in. My son sustained a shattered liver, many broken ribs, collapsed lungs and torn portal vein. In other words, my son got squashed and could not be saved and his lungs filled with his own blood. The company was fined. The Ministry of Labour found further safety infractions in addition to this one.
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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: