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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
Jackie Dutfield –
Manager of Education Services, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority at Victoria General Hospital: Worker SAFEty Award
The Fairmont Winnipeg
– SAFEty and Health Committee Award
Lafarge Canada Inc.
(Winnipeg Operations) – SAFEty Culture Award
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.
SAFE Worker Award winners are champions who strive every day
to make their workplaces safer for themselves and their co-workers. Garth
Drakeley is an arborist who demonstrates a complete understanding of how
important safety is to his workplace, says his employer Sheila Gonty. He shows
this in his everyday tasks, which include daily saw maintenance to always
completing lockouts and tag outs correctly. He will always stop to show another
employee the safe and correct way. Because of his direction, the Gontree Tree
Service staff and the community they work in are safer. He will bring up issues
that need to be worked on to management, and help follow through to make them a
reality. Garth sets a great example for other staff and promotes a “safety is
everyone’s job” work environment. Watch his video.
Honourable mentions: Darren Brautigan (PepsiCo Winnipeg)
and Xenia Adrian (Loewen Windows)
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)
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.