March 21, 2005, Toronto ON — Rob Ellis, an outspoken advocate for workplace safety, is bringing his message to Kingston on Tuesday, March 22. Mr. Ellis will be speaking to students at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School at 8:45 AM. On the same day, he will also be speaking to members of the Kingston Partners for a Safe Community Safety Group at 1:00 PM.
Mr. Ellis will be available for media interviews and media are invited to attend both presentations.
In February 1999, Mr. Ellis, a small business owner and father of four, lost his 18-year-old son David in a workplace accident. David died after becoming entangled in a dough mixer at a local bakery. He was on his second day of a temporary job. Today, to honour the memory of his son, Rob Ellis speaks to students, parents, unions and businesses about the importance of workplace safety and accident prevention.
Mr. Ellis was a key spokesperson for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s “Safety Starts With You” workplace safety campaign. His commitment to this cause has him taking his message to receptive audiences across the province.
Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board plays a key role in the province’s occupational health and safety system. The WSIB administers no-fault workplace insurance for employers and their workers and is committed to the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses. The WSIB provides disability benefits, monitors the quality of health care, and assists in early and safe return to work for workers who are injured on the job or contract an occupational disease.
Information on the WSIB is also available at our website: www.wsib.on.ca.