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Cade Sprackman Safety Day in Hudson Bay

Cade Sprackman was “creative and imaginative and loved the arts as well as gaming and cinema.” He aspired one day to work in the arts as a cinema director. A very detail oriented person, Cade could recall scenes from movies and lyrics like nobody’s business.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Sprackman.Cade was Michelle and Jerry Sprackman’s firstborn son, an older brother to a sister and two younger brothers.

After graduation of high school in 2014, he dreamed of attending film school. To do so, he needed to work and save money. Cade moved to Saskatoon, working in retail over the Christmas season. Wanting to save more money, he found a full-time job elsewhere shortly after the busy retail season. Photo courtesy of Michelle Sprackman.

Michelle, Cade’s mom, said, “I remember him and I talking about what sort of work he would be doing. I asked him about safety and he assured me it was safe. I will never forget the night the RCMP came to the door with news that Cade had died.  All they could tell me was that it was an industrial accident that had happened at work. They knew no details. On January 27, 2015, Cade Sprackman lost his life at his place of work.

Since Cade’s death, his employer has become COR Certified, a national standard to prove the company meets the minimum for a safety program. That company has since made a donation to the Saskatchewan Safety Council to bring Career Safety Education plus a practical workplace safety course to the Hudson Bay area.

On June 12th, we will be hosting the first annual ‘Cade Sprackman Safety Day’ at Hudson Bay Community School. Student participants, who have already completed the Young Worker’s Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 2015, and Safety Construction Orientation Training (SCOT) courses online and at no charge through the Career Safety Education program, will take part in Introduction to Fire Extinguishers, a course that teaches about emergency planning and how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

There will also be a focus on identifying safe workspaces during the event. Council Community Relations Coordinator, Merissa Scarlett, will be delivering a presentation on worker rights, and the Health and Safety Manager from Weyerhauser, Jason Davies will be speaking about safety in their workplace.

Michelle Sprackman is a huge supporter of Career Safety Education. “Career safety education is so vitally important. Cade naively saw his workplace as safe as he had nothing to compare it to. We all think that someone has our back; that systems are in place to keep us safe. Systems are only as good as the people behind them and people are fallible. Just like we have to be defensive drivers today, we have to be defensive on the worksite as well.

Career Safety Education encourages the development of awareness, attitudes and habits which result in a culture of safety effecting both workplace and home life. Career Safety Education is the first program of its kind in North America, providing universal access to safety training for all youth in Saskatchewan. By working together with generous partners, we are able to sponsor the training to make it free for all youth between 14 and 21 years of age.

The Saskatchewan Safety Council is planning to make this event an annual occurrence in Hudson Bay. We invite individuals and organizations interested in supporting the events by doing so through donations to or membership in the Saskatchewan Safety Council, sponsorship, or volunteering.

The Sprackman family also hosts an annual golf tournament in Cade’s memory as they have many happy memories of golfing with him. The event raises money towards ‘Threads of Life’, a non-profit dedicated to supporting families after a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease.

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