SAFE Work Awards recognize Manitobans for excellence in workplace safety and health

SAFE Work Awards recognize Manitobans for excellence in workplace safety and health

​​WINNIPEG – On September 26, 2018, SAFE Work Manitoba presented the 2018 SAFE Work Awards to Manitobans who demonstrate excellence in workplace safety and health, and a youth award to a team of high school students for educating their peers about safety.

The awards were presented at The Safetys, a gala that combines the awards programs for eight Manitoba safety organizations. The Safetys was held Wednesday, September 26, at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre (1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg). Doors opened at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner and awards presentations began at 6:30 p.m. 

"We are pleased to celebrate Manitobans who commit every day to making their workplaces safer and healthier," said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen. "The award winners demonstrate that no matter what our job titles are, we can make a difference when we take responsibility for our own safety and the safety of those around us. Congratulations to the winners, whose hard work is helping us all build a stronger, safer Manitoba." 

The 2018 SAFE Work Award winners are:  

  • Worker SAFEty Award: Garth Drakeley, Arborist at Gontree Tree Service (Brandon, Manitoba)
  • SAFEty and Health Committee Award: MG Electrical/Mechanical Services (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • SAFEty Culture Award: PepsiCo Winnipeg (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
The 2018 youth award winners are:
  • Norm the Safety Contest youth award (first place): Etienne Loney, Jacob Markham, Gabriel Maynard, Meghan Rempel, Bennett Sidloski and Erik Wiebe (Miles Macdonell Collegiate, Winnipeg)

Please scroll down to watch video profiles about the SAFE Work Award winners, and the winning Norm the Safety Contest video.

The SAFE Work Awards program was developed six years ago to recognize Manitobans who demonstrate ongoing commitment to making our workplaces and province safer and healthier. Norm the Safety Contest asks Manitoba high school students to submit creative projects that educate young workers about safety.

In 2017, SAFE Work Manitoba partnered with seven other Manitoba safety organizations to launch The Safetys, a fall awards gala focused on celebrating achievements in occupational health and safety. The eight partner organizations all present safety awards at the gala.  

"I find that teamwork was an important attribute of all of our award winners," said Jamie Hall, Chief Operating Officer for SAFE Work Manitoba. "An effective workplace safety program and a positive safety culture must include a commitment to work collaboratively within a workplace. To me, The Safetys mirrors these values of partnership and collaboration, and showcases the diversity of Manitoba's industries and workplaces. Tonight we celebrate our common goal for a safer and healthier Manitoba."

SAFE Work Manitoba 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.

The Safetys is an awards gala, co-hosted by eight Manitoba safety organizations, to celebrate Manitobans who are making our workplaces healthier and safer. For more information, visit www.thesafetys.ca.

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Contact:

Darlene Muise                                                        
Manager - Communications, WCB Manitoba and SAFE Work Manitoba                                                         
(204) 954-4864                                                        
www.wcb.mb.ca
www.safemanitoba.com 

Backgrounder

The SAFE Work Awards program was developed six years ago to recognize Manitobans who demonstrate ongoing commitment to making our workplaces and province safer and healthier. Nominations open in the spring, and the winners are announced in the fall. The SAFE Work Awards were presented at The Safetys awards gala for the first time in 2017 and will be presented there again tonight.

This is the first year that the Norm the Safety Contest first place winners will be recognized at The Safetys. Norm the Safety Contest 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 2018 SAFE Work Award winners are:   

Worker SAFEty Award: Garth Drakeley, Arborist at Gontree Tree Service (Brandon, Manitoba)

Garth is committed every day to completing his job tasks safely. This includes performing daily saw maintenance to always completing lockouts and tag-outs correctly. He will always stop to show another employee the safe and correct way. Garth will bring up safety issues to management, and help follow through to make the solutions a reality. He sets a great example for other staff and promotes a "safety is everyone's job" work environment. Because of Garth's direction, his colleagues and the communities they work in are safer. Watch the video to learn more about Garth: 

 

SAFEty and Health Committee Award: MG Electrical/Mechanical Services (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

MG Electrical/Mechanical Services' safety and health committee makes collaboration and relevance a priority. By gathering input from both office and field staff, the safety and health committee members make sure all current issues and concerns are addressed. Open conversation and dialogue about safety helps MG Services address real concerns and issues and allows for quick adjustments to safety initiatives and procedures. Safety as an attitude improves everyone's well-being and is part of their company's culture. Watch the video to meet MG Electrical/Mechanical Services' committee:

 


SAFEty Culture Award: PepsiCo Winnipeg (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

PepsiCo Winnipeg's leadership is strongly committed to workplace safety and health. Their commitment is demonstrated in part through the actions of the plant director, Frank Slama, who works daily to identify any safety concerns and address them openly and collaboratively as a team. Safety is valued as much as productivity at the company. Within the PepsiCo organization, PepsiCo Winnipeg is considered an example-setter for other plants. Watch the video to learn more about PepsiCo Winnipeg's win:  

 


The 2018 Norm the Safety Contest youth award winners are:

Norm the Safety Contest youth award (first place): Etienne Loney, Jacob Markham, Gabriel Maynard, Meghan Rempel, Bennett Sidloski and Erik Wiebe (Miles Macdonell Collegiate, Winnipeg)

The annual Norm the Safety Contest: Make Safety the Norm! asks high school students to submit creative projects that educate their peers about safety. The winning video, Safety - It's Your Decision, was chosen because of the quality of its production and an effectively delivered message that there can be serious consequences if we don't take the time to ensure that our workplaces are safe. This award is presented in partnership with SAFE Workers of Tomorrow. Watch the winning video:

 


 

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