Cementation Canada wins workplace safety award
From left to right: Gerry Champagne of Workplace Safety North alongside President’s Award winners Tammy Levasseur, Rob Gripper, Penny English and Ray Fortin of Cementation Canada, and Candys Ballanger-Michaud of WSN.
In September 2016, Cementation Canada, one of the largest mine contractors in North America, won the President’s Award for the Ontario mining sector. The annual Workplace Safety North (WSN) award recognizes the top health and safety performers in Ontario’s mining, forestry, paper, printing, and converting sectors, as well as small businesses in northern Ontario, based on safety performance over the past two calendar years.
“Strong safety culture”
Based in North Bay, Ontario, Cementation Canada is an underground mine contracting and engineering company serving clients across the globe, but primarily in North America.
Committed to building mines safely, the company understands that being a safe contractor benefits both clients and employees. “This award fits well with our mission to earn the distinction of being the mining contractor of choice for both clients and employees,” says Ray Fortin, General Manager of Health and Safety.
“Receiving external recognition that Cementation is an industry leader in safety is a confirmation that we have a strong safety culture, and that we have good safety programs and processes in place. It is an indication that we are heading in the right direction and that’s reaching zero harm status.”
“Thrilled about the award”
Fortin credits a strong orientation program, ongoing training and evaluation, and hazard recognition for the company’s success thus far. “We have in place a hazard recognition system so that project managers have the opportunity to pass on their knowledge about safety measures and recognizing potential hazards to their teams. This has been instrumental in promoting a culture of safety.”
“Everyone is absolutely thrilled about the award. They see it as validation for their efforts and that the safety programs we have in place are top-class,” says Fortin. “We’re looking forward to promoting our win in upcoming communications to our staff, partners and clients.”
Recognition is not the only benefit to participating in the health and safety awards, says Fortin. “I would strongly encourage other companies to participate in the Workplace Excellent Awards as it gives the organization an opportunity to audit their safety programs internally but also have their programs audited externally. The insights from those audits are invaluable.”
On October 24, 2016, Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine announced that Cementation won Canada’s Safest Employer Award in the mining and natural resources category. They have also been recognized as one of Canada’s top 100 employers.
About WSN Awards
The WSN Workplace Excellence Awards program provides recognition to Ontario firms actively engaged in improving health and safety performance. Companies complete an assessment of current health and safety programs, and develop an action plan to improve safety performance. Companies scoring 80 per cent or more on the self-assessment submit the completed assessment in order to receive a display plaque. Self-assessments are reviewed and scores may be validated by an on-site visit from WSN. All submissions are automatically considered for the President’s Award. Scoring is based on the results of the self-assessment in combination with statistical performance over the past two calendar years. Top scoring firms in forestry, mining, paper, printing, and converting, and small business are presented with the President’s Award at the WSN annual general meeting each September.