Timothy Hickman

Photo of Timothy  Hickman , 21
This worker is represented on the LifeQuilt

Timothy Hickman - 21

London, ON - Tourism/Recreation
Tim was severely injured in an explosion two days before his 21st birthday. Even as he was on fire, he tried to warn others of the danger. The cause of the explosion was a design fault in the machine he was operating. There had been similar incidents, on the same model of the machine, in other cities, but no one warned Tim. This machine design flaw, coupled with incorrect placement of the gas-fired hot water heaters in the facilities room in which he was working, was the recipe for a disaster. Tim died 10 days later, on April 2, 1996. Only by luck were there no other serious injuries or victims.
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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: