Nov. 5, 2001 — The country’s seven-year-old job-shadowing program for Grade 9 students, set for Weds., Nov. 7, is to go ahead despite a major setback at a John Deer plant in Welland, Ont., last year when two 14-year-olds were killed.
Veronica Lacey, president and CEO of the Learning Partnership, which organizes the annual Take Our Kids to Work day, said the program has been reviewed as a result of the tragedy.
The two teenagers, Amanda Peat of St. Catharines, Ont., and Robert Fulbrook of Wainfleet, Ont., were killed on Take Our Kids To Work day last year, after they were given permission to operate an all-terrain vehicle at the John Deere Welland Works facility. The deaths were ruled accidental yet preventable by a coroner’s inquest.
The Learning Partnership is following through on the inquest’s recommendations, which include not letting students drive motorized vehicles on Take Our Kids to Work day; providing safety orientation for all students; having students and parents sign waivers stating what students will encounter during the program; and providing constant adult supervision of students while they are on a job site.
John Deere is not participating in the program this year.