One thing that every safety manager hopes: that they never have to tell a spouse, parent or child that their loved one was seriously injured or killed at work. Here’s a story about one daughter who had a unique opportunity to find closure for the workplace death of her father.
Sarah Griffiths won a competition to press the button that detonated explosives at the former Campbell’s Soup factory in King’s Lynn, England. (Click here to see video of the explosion and a clip with Griffiths.)
Griffiths said the event allowed her to finally bring closure to the death of her father, Mick Locke, who was fatally scalded in 1995 in a steam incident at the plant.
“I couldn’t wait to press that button to give me and my family closure,” said Griffiths, “so we don’t, none of us, have to look at this building again and think about the tragic day that robbed all of us, my dad, granddad, husband, son, uncle, and we want to move on and remember the happy memories.”
Dozens turned out to watch the demolition.
The factory closed in 2007. A new retail complex will be built at the location.