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September 25, 2019Winnipeg – SAFE Work Manitoba will present three awards this evening to Manitobans who go above and beyond to make their workplaces safer and healthier.Five high school students will also be recognized for educating young workers about safety in the workplace. The awards will be presented at The Safetys, an annual awards gala that celebrates Manitobans' achievements in workplace safety and health.
Scroll down this page to watch videos about each winner.
SAFE Work Manitoba's Norm the Safety Contest: Make Safety the Norm! asks high school students to submit projects that educate their peers about safety. The five student winners ― Etienne Loney, Jacob Markham, Meghan Rempel, Bennett Sidloski and Erik Wiebe (Miles Macdonell Collegiate, Winnipeg) ― will be recognized for their video, Safety is Not a Joke. The student team also won first place in last year's contest.
"The winners' commitment to safety and health means that more Manitobans are going home safe at the end of each workday," said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen. "That is truly something to celebrate. When we have fewer injured workers, everyone benefits: our colleagues and clients, our families and friends, and our communities and province. On behalf of the Province of Manitoba, congratulations on this well-deserved recognition." "This is an evening to celebrate safety champions and leaders in our province," said Jamie Hall, Chief Operating Officer for SAFE Work Manitoba. "What stands out about the award winners is how they successfully engage everyone in the workplace to create safety solutions that work. Respect, inclusivity and collaboration are key to maintaining a positive culture of safety. All three winners clearly demonstrated these qualities."I'd also like to congratulate our student winners on their second win. We know that young workers are more vulnerable to injury because they often assume that others in the workplace will keep them safe. The winners have produced a creative, professional video that shows why it's important to keep safety a priority, despite what your co-workers might be doing."
SAFE Work Manitoba ― a division of the WCB is dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness. Working with our partners in the safety community, we provide prevention education, safety programming, consulting and strategic direction to create a genuine culture of safety for all Manitobans.
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Darlene MuiseManager - Communications WCB Manitoba and SAFE Work Manitoba204-954-4864; 1-855-954-4321, ext. 4864www.wcb.mb.ca www.safemanitoba.com
The SAFE Work Awards program was developed seven years ago to recognize Manitobans who demonstrate ongoing commitment to making our workplaces and province safer and healthier. Nominations open every the spring, and the winners are announced in the fall. The SAFE Work Awards were presented at The Safetys awards gala in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Norm the Safety Contest: Make Safety the Norm! is an annual contest that presents cash prizes to the winning high school students and their high schools for creating projects that educate youth about workplace safety. Entries are judged by staff members at SAFE Work Manitoba and SAFE Workers of Tomorrow. The 2019 winners are:
Winner: Bison Transport Inc.Bison Transport Inc.'s nomination demonstrates a strong workplace safety culture that engages management and employees and sets high safety standards. For example, senior management is actively involved in managing the health and safety system. They ensure regular safety audits are performed and implement actions for improvement. A senior representative is always present at health and safety committee meetings, and resources are provided to implement health and safety objectives.Bison Transport Inc. has strived to create an inclusive work environment where employees feel their contributions are valued and respected. They have an open-door policy, which enables employees to voice their concerns or make suggestions to senior management, and feedback from annual employee safety surveys has been instrumental in building a strong safety culture. Initiatives including “You're Safe with Me!" demonstrate respect for each other's safety. The “Right to Decide Policy" gives employees the authority to temporarily discontinue work when conditions, including but not limited to health, weather and fatigue, become too hazardous to continue work safely.
Honourable mentions: Pembina Consumers Co-op (2000) Ltd. and Actionmarguerite St. Boniface Inc.
Winner: Mountain View School Division Central Workplace Safety and Health CommitteeThe Mountain View School Division's nomination shows how their Central Workplace Safety and Health Committee effectively collaborates to address safety and health issues and reach all staff with safety and health information. The central committee deals with the division's workplace as a whole, which also has 17 site-based committees. This allows the Central Committee to deal with concerns that affect all worksites, while also helping site committees deal with concerns affecting their specific workplaces. The Central Committee consists of nine members all from different job descriptions, including senior management, a trustee of the school division and a custodian. All members have input on procedures that are created and procedures are reviewed every meeting. The committee regularly reviews data about inspections, hazards, injuries, and harassment and violence. Any concerns are discussed and resolutions are either sent to senior management or directly to the worksite. The committee members are easily approachable, and because they are from all areas, everyone has a way to be heard.
Honourable mentions: GHY International Health and Safety Team and Canada Post Church Mail Depot Local Joint Health and Safety Committee
Winner: Teddy Olukoya (Amsted Canada Inc.)Teddy Olukoya, a pourer at Amsted Canada Inc., goes above and beyond to make his workplace a safer place. Teddy talks to all employees asking what needs to be addressed, and presents the information to management in a respectful manner. Teddy's actions show all employees that Teddy cares about his workplace and the people who are in it. A specific example includes the introduction of respirators in areas of the foundry. If workers were not wearing the proper personal protective equipment he would bring this to the attention of the supervisors. This is not his responsibility but he chooses to do this to protect his co-workers.Teddy sits on the Joint Safety and Health Committee as the worker co-chair, and is respected and well thought of by workers and managers. He consistently follows up on items with the employer co-chair during a weekly meeting where he comes in for extra overtime. Teddy is not required to do this but he chooses to come in and see that progress is being made to create a safer workplace.
Honourable mentions: Bryan Horst (Motor Carrier Enforcement Programs) and Blaine Duncan (Manitoba Government Employees Union)
Norm the Safety Contest: Make Safety the Norm!First place winners: Etienne Loney, Jacob Markham, Meghan Rempel, Bennett Sidloski and Erik Wiebe (Miles Macdonell Collegiate, Winnipeg)Award presented in partnership with SAFE Workers of Tomorrow and SAFE Work ManitobaSAFE Work Manitoba's Norm the Safety Contest asks high school students to tap into their superhero creativity and create projects that show young Manitobans how to Make Safety the Norm! The winning team of students created a video, called Safety is Not A Joke, that highlights the importance of choosing safety in the workplace. The video incorporated the contest theme "there's no room for bullying at work" in a creative way – for example, showing how important it is to wear the proper personal protective equipment, and to keep safety a priority despite what your co-workers might be doing.
Second place: Jaren Ducharme (Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate) for her poster "Stop Bullying in the Workplace."Third place: Tanner Hamin-Marsh (Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate) for his "You Can Stop Bullying in the Workplace" poster. Click here to see all the winning projects.
SAFE Work Manitoba — a division of the WCB is the public agency dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness.
Working with our partners in the safety community, we provide prevention education, safety programming, consulting and strategic direction to create a genuine culture of safety for all Manitobans.