Steven Bednas

Photo of Steven  Bednas , 19
This worker is represented on the LifeQuilt

Steven Bednas - 19

Ottawa, ON - Other
Although Steven had finished his job of setting up a computer system, he stayed late to show a new employee how to crush cardboard boxes in a large shredding machine. When the machine jammed, Steven climbed up to kick the boxes down. The machine started up again and Steven was caught in it. The other employee did not know how to turn it off. Steven was trapped in the machine for two hours before his legs were amputated below the knee, to release him. He lived for four months in a semi-coma before dying on February 23, 1984. Steven was very neat and methodical and had a special talent for solving complex puzzles such as the Rubik's cube. Steven was a kind, gentle, generous and caring son.
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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: