Workplace health and safety award winners announced

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Three Ontario companies recognized by provincial workplace safety association 

Three company representatives and WSN CEO at 2015 AGM

Each year, Workplace Safety North (WSN), Ontario’s occupational health and safety association for forestry, mining, and paper, printing, and converting sectors, recognizes Ontario workplaces that have a strong safety culture. 

“The Workplace Excellence Awards shine the spotlight on the health and safety achievements of our members in mining, forestry, and paper, printing and converting businesses, as well as for small businesses in northern Ontario with fewer than 50 employees,” says Candys Ballanger-Michaud, WSN President and Chief Executive Officer. “All submitted assessments are automatically considered for the President’s Award, and scoring is based on the self-assessment in combination with statistical performance over the past two calendar years.”

Top scoring firms in Ontario forestry, mining, paper, printing, and converting, and small business will be officially presented with the President’s Award at the WSN annual general meeting on September 30 in North Bay.

“It’s important to recognize the efforts of workplaces that make health and safety a priority,” said Ballanger-Michaud. “They lead the way and set the tone for their sectors. That’s why these businesses deserve special recognition, for demonstrating their strong commitment to ensuring that every worker goes home safe and healthy each day. The award winners are positive role models for Ontario businesses to make workplace health and safety an integral part of every job and every work day.

“Congratulations to all winners for your commitment to workplace health and safety,” says Ballanger-Michaud. “I’m honoured to recognize your dedication to workers’ well-being, and to creating and maintaining healthy and safe workplaces – well done!”

President’s Award Winners

Forestry – Fleming’s Trucking and Logging Inc., Richards Landing 
Mining – Kidd Operations – A Glencore Company., Timmins
Paper, Printing and Converting – ACCO Brands Canada Inc., Mississauga
Small firms (fewer than 50 full-time employees) – Fleming’s Trucking and Logging Inc., Richards Landing

Earlier this year, 18 companies received a Workplace Excellence Award recognizing workplace excellence in health and safety.

Workplace Excellence Award Winners

  • ACCO Brands Canada Inc., Mississauga
  • Alex MacIntyre & Associates Ltd., Kirkland Lake
  • Aurico Gold Inc Young-Davidson Mine, Matachewan
  • Cementation Canada Inc., North Bay
  • Domtar Inc., Dryden Mill, Dryden 
  • First Resource Management Group Inc., Englehart
  • Fleming’s Trucking and Logging Inc., Richards Landing
  • Goldcorp Red Lake Gold Mines, Balmertown
  • J.S. Redpath Limited, North Bay
  • KGHM International, Sudbury
  • Kidd Operations - a Glencore Company, Timmins
  • Kirkland Lake Gold Inc., Kirkland Lake
  • Lake Shore Gold Corp, Timmins
  • SCR Mining and Tunnelling L.P., Val Caron
  • Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, A Glencore Company, Falconbridge
  • Technica Mining, Lively
  • Wallbridge Mining Company Limited, Lively
  • Wellington Wood Products Ltd., Mount Forest  

On the right path

The purpose of the Workplace Excellence (WE) Awards is twofold.  First, companies complete an easy-to-follow assessment of their current health and safety programs, which enables them to identify areas for improvement and create an action plan. Second, the program provides external recognition to those companies actively engaged in improving health and safety performance. 

“The award means to us that we are on the right path,” said Joe Oleiro of Kruger Inc. Packaging, a two-time President’s Award winner. “Participating in the Workplace Excellence Awards is a good way for organizations to benchmark against others. It’s not a question about winning or losing, but where an organization can improve.” 

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Related - President’s Award winners from previous years:

Thunder Bay forestry firm wins top provincial health and safety

Brampton packaging company wins Ontario health and safety award second year in a row

Timmins mine wins top Ontario safety award

World’s deepest base metal mine wins President’s Award from Workplace Safety North 

Kruger: A winning safety package