Jim Bakstad

Photo of Jim  Bakstad , 23
This worker is represented on the LifeQuilt

Jim Bakstad - 23

Anahim Lake, BC - Transportation
Jim died on September 7, 1996, while attempting to land a float plane in a remote lake in northern B.C. in very windy conditions. The plane flipped over as the wing tip hit the water and Jim hit his head on the dashboard and drowned as the plane sank into the lake. The plane was equipped with a lap belt, but no shoulder harness. Jim shared his love of flying with his father and grandfather. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed tennis, baseball, soccer and golf. Jim was also a “people” person who loved music and had a great sense of humour.
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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: