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Jaret Olford – Museum Manager, Children’s Museum: Employer SAFEty Award Jaret Olford received the Employer SAFEty Award in recognition of his passion for ensuring the safety of museum staff and guests. Creating and sustaining practical and efficient practices for snow removal is one example of Mr. Olford’s dedication. He is diligent about clearing entrances and creating safe, clear paths around the entire building and has trained his staff to do the same. He also ensures that there are clean mats inside the building to prevent slip and fall incidents. Edward Utko – Safety Committee Member and Production Supervisor, Paramount Windows: Worker SAFEty Award Edward Utko’s hard work and tireless effort to improve the safety culture at Paramount Windows earned him the Worker SAFEty Award. He recognized the need for a strong, dedicated voice to advocate for worker safety issues, and stepped up to the task. He regularly communicates with management on behalf of his fellow workers, and helps to sustain safety advances. From developing a safety management system to conducting bi-weekly safety talks, updating MSDS and creating incident and near miss reporting forms, Mr. Utko’s actions create positive change and are a source of motivation for others. CSAM (Construction Safety Association of Manitoba) – SAFEty Group Award The Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM) has long been a leader in incident prevention for the construction industry. Their reputation for quality safety information in Manitoba has earned them the SAFEty Group Award. They provide resources and tools for the construction industry to develop training and safety programming. Their dedication to creating and maintaining Manitoba’s workplace safety culture is evident in their efforts. They identify safety needs and find solutions to fill them, including hosting North America’s largest construction safety conference, presenting safety events, offering CORTM and SECORTM audits and services and being one of the first safety organizations to offer online training.Brent Helgeson – Town Superintendent, Town of Gillam: SAFEty and Health Professional Award Brent Helgeson is not only Gillam’s Town Superintendent – he is also the Director of Operations and the Management Co-Chairperson for the Workplace Health and Safety Committee. His experience, knowledge and passion for safety all contributed to winning this award. During his time at the Town of Gillam, Mr. Helgeson has shown his dedication to safety, including the development of a workplace safety and health plan. He has trained all employees to spot and control the hazard, assess the risk and find a safer way to complete tasks without injury. Since his arrival, employees have completed more safety training hours per year.
Cindy Strath – Supervisor, Granny's Poultry: Worker SAFEty Award Cindy Strath received the Worker SAFEty Award for her innovative approach to improving communication in her workplace. Some of her co-workers have limited knowledge of the English language, which puts them at risk of injury if they have difficulty understanding the safety rules and procedures that are discussed at monthly safety talks or provided in written format. Her nominator, Marlene Martin, reports that Ms. Strath created a different way to communicate: "she has taken pictures of the right procedure, a picture of the wrong procedure and has visually indicated 'why'" they are correct or incorrect. Ms. Strath's idea for visually sharing safety rules "is a major step toward making the workplace safer for all workers."
Tolko Manitoba Kraft Papers – Employer SAFEty AwardAndre Murphy – Maintenance and Engineering Manager, Tolko Manitoba Kraft Papers: SAFEty and Health Professional Award Tolko Manitoba Kraft Papers (TMKP) and Andre Murphy, who was TMKP's Maintenance and Engineering Manager, received the Employer SAFEty Award and the SAFEty and Health Professional Award respectively, for their commitment to improving TMKP's safety record and creating a culture of safety. Their nominators, Gary Fenner and Joe Weltner, reported that "the focus on safety improvements was initiated with the 'Good Catch Program,' where all employees site-wide supported daily safety hazard assessments and continued the challenge to identify improved safety processes in their everyday work and environment." With the support of safety consultant RLG International, Andre Murphy "championed the effort of all the employees and began to focus on additional key elements to improve TMKP's safety performance," including supervisor and leader coaching, safety communication at daily crew meetings, safety presentations and performance summaries, and employee appreciation events. They reduced their recordable incident rate by 65 per cent. SAFE Workers of Tomorrow – SAFEty Group Award SAFE Workers of Tomorrow (SWOT) received the SAFEty Group Award for addressing a critical need in Manitoba: work safety training for students that is free, comprehensive and of a high quality. They were nominated by Jim Hoger, the Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Coordinator at Prairie Spirit School Division, who worked with them for the last nine years to provide a yearly SAFE Practicum training session to all Grade 11 students in the division. The full-day practicum includes presentations by SWOT presenters and local industry partners, and worksite tours. Mr. Hoger says: "I have been truly impressed with the connection made with the practicum presenters and students. The material covered is relevant and thought-provoking… The culture of safety promoted by SAFE Workers of Tomorrow has been a focal point of our CTS program and I cannot thank them enough for their leadership in this area."
Roger Gerardy, Operator, RockTenn Container Company of Canada: Worker SAFEty Award Roger Gerardy received the Worker SAFEty Award for "finding a better way": he suggested an important change that reduced repetitive strain injuries at his workplace. His nominator, Jackie Thrumble-Reimer, reports that "his crew had been experiencing upper body injuries due to the continuous lifting and straightening of large skews during their shifts. Roger's suggestion was to contact their customer and request straight pile-down onto pallets, rather than multiple handling." The customer agreed, and the change has eliminated over-handling and repetitive motion, and improved the efficiency and the overall safety of the crew.
Jeff Ross, Safety Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Equipment: SAFEty and Health Professional Award Jeff Ross received the SAFEty and Health Professional Award for his passion for keeping Rocky Mountain Equipment's customers, his 200 colleagues in Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan, and the larger community safe. His nominator, Craig Unger, says that Mr. Ross "does a very good job keeping track of the safety programs of 12 of our branches. Jeff is very approachable if anyone has a concern, and is very quick to help find a solution to a problem if one arises. He is always looking into and researching different ideas to help make not only our workplaces safer, but also improve safety at other job sites and workplaces in our communities. A safety coordinator's job can be a thankless job, but I feel that this is a good start to saying thanks!"
Metal-Tech Industries – Employer SAFEty Award Metal-Tech Industries (MTI) won the Employer SAFEty Award for their comprehensive safety management system and their strong safety culture. Their nominator, Jean Pierre Lauzon, shared these highlights: "Our safety management system is monitored and audited to ensure its effectiveness, and mandatory safety training for all employees is completed and documented. MTI has an outstanding COR Registered Safety Program along with an exemplary safety record. At the time of this nomination, we had celebrated one year with zero recordable incidents. Our new safety incentive program rewards staff for meeting annual goals, and safety is championed via open communication between senior management, managers, supervisors, safety committee members and employees."
DeFehr Furniture Ltd. – SAFEty and Health Committee Award DeFehr Furniture Ltd. was awarded the SAFEty and Health Committee Award for their dedication and determination to continue making improvements to safety at their workplace. Their nominator, Bradley Boehm, says that they regularly "spot the hazard" with two spot checks a month and worker interviews: "many issues ranging from chemical hazards, slips and trips, and guarding have been solved or are in the process of being solved" because of their vigilance. They "find a safer way" by discussing issues with staff and coming up with plans to solve safety problems. Their goal is safety through collaboration: "the committee members are always approachable." Their message to all staff is "that there is nothing too small concerning the health and safety of our employees."
Chris Yelland –
Safety Coordinator, Costco: Worker SAFEty Award -- Watch his interview here
Jackie Dutfield –
Manager of Education Services, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority at Victoria General Hospital: Worker SAFEty Award -- Watch her interview here
The Fairmont Winnipeg
– SAFEty and Health Committee Award -- Watch their interview here
Lafarge Canada Inc.
(Winnipeg Operations) – SAFEty Culture Award -- Watch their interview here
Diagnostic Services Manitoba – SAFEty Culture Award
Workplaces with a strong safety culture recognize that safety is a team effort. Diagnostic Services Manitoba's nomination highlighted the many ways in which all their staff are involved in safety. For example, all employees are trained in job hazard analysis and in writing safe work procedures; safety committee members regularly involve other workers in inspecting laboratories, diagnostic imaging areas and other sites; and all staff are trained in the Provincial Healthcare Violence Prevention Program to protect staff, visitors and patients from aggression or violence.
"It truly is everyone’s responsibility that safety duties are shared, to ensure that our staff maintain the paradigm of safety in the workplace," says nominator Todd Stevens, Senior Safety Specialist, Disability Officer at Diagnostic Services Manitoba.
Stantec Consulting Ltd. – SAFEty and Health Committee Award
Safety and health committees have the important role of helping employers and employees create and maintain a safe and healthy workplace. Stantec's committee does an exceptional job identifying and addressing the hazards that staff face, which can range from heat or cold exposure, ergonomics in the office and in the field, noise exposure, confined spaces, fall hazards, and particulate and chemical exposures. Their nominator, Christian Tardi (Regional HSSE Advisor for Stantec), reports that the committee is extremely proficient at identifying leading indicators, so they can learn from potential hazards and implement the necessary controls before it is too late.
Arleen Pluchinski (Pineland Forest Nursery) – Worker SAFEty Award
Arleen Pluchinski works as a Resource Tech 2 at Pineland Forest Nursery, and has sat on her workplace's safety and health committee for 13 years. Her nominator, Dennis LeClerc, credits her initiative for helping bring their incident rate down to almost zero.
Ms. Pluchinski's achievements include training all employees to spot and control hazards, assess risks and find safer ways to complete tasks without injury. She felt there was a need for safe work procedures, so for every job at Pineland Forest Nursery she has written and implemented procedures, makes sure they are up-to-date, and ensures that everyone is aware of how to do the job at hand safely. Mr. LeClerc reports that Ms. Pluchinski is very approachable, and if anyone has a concern she is very quick to help and find a solution. She recognized the need for a strong, dedicated voice to advocate for worker safety issues, and stepped up to the task.
"Her message to all staff is that there is nothing too small concerning the health and safety of our employees," says Mr. LeClerc.
SAFEty and Health Committee Award - MG Electrical/Mechanical Services
Honourable mentions: Premier Tech Horticulture and Bird
Worker SAFEty Award - Garth Drakeley, Gontree Tree Service Ltd.
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