Matrix Solutions, an environmental and engineering consulting company in Swift Current, Sask., is the winner of the 2016 Safe Employer award from WorkSafe Saskatchewan.
Workers at Matrix Solutions believe nothing is more important than protecting each other from harm. Matrix trains all its staff in safe work practices. It reviews its health, safety and environmental program regularly to ensure continuous improvement.
The two finalists for the 2016 Safe Employer award are Yorkton Plumbing and Heating and Rack Petroleum.
WorkSafe Saskatchewan also presents a Safe Worker award to a worker who goes beyond the expectations to help create a safer workplace. This year’s winner is Lanny Storey, a journeyperson scaffolder with AREVA Resources Canada in Saskatoon.
Storey designed a change to the work area to eliminate the risk of hazardous gases. He had an overflow pipe installed to prevent the release of hazardous gas. This change removed the need to wear respirators and allowed Storey and his co-workers to work in the area safely.
The two finalists for the 2016 Safe Worker award are Heidi McCaskill from Cervus Equipment, Peterbilt, and Paul Price, who works at the North Battleford Youth Centre, Ministry of Justice (Corrections).
WorkSafe Saskatchewan has presented the Safe Worker award annually since 2006. WorkSafe Saskatchewan founded the Safe Employer award in 2007 to honour an employer who shows leadership in health and safety beyond the requirements of the industry and legislation.
Workplace peers and colleagues nominate the recipients of these awards. Two committees representing WorkSafe Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, the Saskatchewan Safety Council and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers adjudicate the nominations.
Photo: Left to right: Gord Dobrowolsky, chairperson, Saskatchewan WCB; Jon Hutt, Davin Sander and Stacey Wiens, all of Matrix Solutions; Lanny Storey; Mike Carr, Deputy Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. (Courtesy of WorkSafe Saskatchewan)
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