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A health and safety executive recounts her son’s injury in oil and gas

First safety was professional. Then it was personal

In the 1980s, safety was professional for Maureen Shaw. And then in the 1990s, it became deeply personal.

Shaw had worked for years in occupational health and safety, including in the oil and gas industry.

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April 28 is the National Day of Mourning – a day to remember those impacted by workplace injury

Last week on this blog, we heard from Shirley Hickman, who shared the story of her son, Tim, who died in a workplace explosion.

Shirley also talked about the National Day of Mourning – a day dedicated to those whose lives have been lost or changed forever by workplace injury. We promised, in that post, that we would come back to the Day of Mourning to explain more.

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The human side of safety: a workplace explosion ends in tragedy

Nobody likes to think they’re a statistic, but in 1996, that’s what Shirley Hickman and her family became. An explosion at the City of London arena where her son Tim had a part-time job left their lives changed forever.

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