Every Day, Every Shift, Everyone Goes Home Safe at Copper Mountain

Safety is vital in an environment that involves huge vehicles and large-scale operations. At Copper Mountain Mining Corporation, the safety value says it all: “Every day, every shift, everyone goes home safe.”

Mining has been important to BC’s economy since the Oregon Treaty of 1846. Mining at Copper Mountain (formerly Allenby Mountain) began soon after, with underground mining from 1923 until 1957. After intermittent operations under different companies, the mine closed in 1996.

Copper Mountain Mining Corporation acquired the mine in 2006 and after developing new infrastructure, began production in 2011. The Copper Mountain Mine near Princeton in southern BC is the company’s flagship. The company recently announced, based on current mineral reserves, that the mine’s life has been extended by 32 years.

The company puts safety at the forefront. Health and Safety Manager Jeff  Zmurchyk led the company’s safety program to COR accreditation in 2021. He became passionate and learned about occupational health and safety in an indirect but relevant way. He learned about injuries playing and coaching Junior hockey, about emergency response as a firefighter, and about preventing injuries through nine years in health and safety in the mining industry.

Zmurchyk joined Copper Mountain in 2020. The company was adopting fresh perspectives and implementing new processes fundamental to improving safety, including the visible felt leadership approach that sees management commit to being in the field with workers. There is no “us and them”; managers spend time with their teams, learning what they do, how they stay safe, and ensuring they have the right tools.

Big Trucks and Other Stuff

About 500 personnel work at the Copper Mountain site. Equipment includes: a mechanical loader that was once the largest in the world, 4 hydraulic shovels, 5 rotary drills, 28 220-tonne haulage trucks that weigh 1 million pounds (454 tons) fully loaded, and a fleet of support equipment—bulldozers, front-end loaders, trucks, cranes. It’s easy to imagine the safety hazards involved. An operation that uses huge machines and blasts rock needs to focus on safety without making any compromises, and Copper Mountain does that.

Safety First

The company’s health and safety practice includes a culture of empowerment. From the top down, everyone sees safety as part of the workday. Open two-way communication is among Copper Mountain’s values. The communication strategy includes messages sent out with payroll or to cell phones and e-blasts with health and safety advisories. It also includes safety bulletins, toolbox talks, and monthly safety meetings for each of the 20 crews. Zmurchyk attends every meeting to hear from workers.

The company gives each individual incentives and targets for quarters with no lost time injuries (LTI). Although their safety record is stellar, Copper Mountain is always looking for more ways to improve and incentivize safety. The company uses the total injury frequency (TIF) rate to measure their safety success. A TIF rate is the number of LTI, recordable and non-recordable medical aids, and first aids per 200,000 hours worked. The TIF rate at the Copper Mountain Mine in 2021 was 17.

A particularly important part of the company’s safety protocol is emergency preparedness. Emergency response is handled on-site on the sprawling 6,200-hectare mine. Mine rescue team members are part of each crew so they are able to launch a coordinated response anywhere on the mine site. Rescue teams are responsible for all types of rescues—fire, rope, water—and regularly take part in mine rescue and first aid competitions. Zmurchyk notes that the team embraces safety and the mine “has people lined up to participate” in the competitions.

Toward Sustainable Mining

Copper Mountain is justifiably proud of its safety practice as well as its sustainable mining efforts, which are on track to become net zero by 2035. In 2021, it earned an AA rating under the Mining Association of Canada’s Toward Sustainable Mining standards, exceeding its goal of an A rating. Another sustainability priority is the company’s commitment to land reclamation, with a target to restore 25 hectares per year for the next 10 years. In 2021, the company planted 4,800 trees and 11,700 shrubs in the Wolf Creek Realignment area. One year after reclamation began, wildlife is returning to the area.

Of particular interest in mining sustainability is Copper Mountain’s innovative Trolly Assist system, which helps haulage trucks up a 1-km ramp using BC Hydro electricity. The trucks have pantographs—framework much like the equipment that provides current to streetcars from overhead wires. Hydro-electricity is a cleaner source of power than diesel and reduces the amount of diesel used to ascend the ramp from 35 litres to 1. And the trolley trucks make the climb twice as fast as diesel-only trucks.

Copper Mountain’s attention to safety and commitment to sustainability are as big as their giant trucks!

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Caring and Respect Drive the Safety Practice at Coastal Transportation & Storage Ltd.

Safety is an organic process at Coastal Transportation & Storage Ltd., developed within a family environment through mutual respect and genuine caring for employees and clients.

Craig Skene, company president, comes from a family of business owners, so it’s in his DNA to start his own company. After several years in the transportation industry, he had the opportunity to buy the refrigerated side of Comox Moving & Storage and jumped in with both feet in 2008.

In 2012, Skene brought Cole Logan into the company as the operations manager; they had met as volunteer firefighters, so a safety culture was already a familiar part of their work ethic. It was Logan who devised the company’s motto: Getting there when others can’t. CTS goes to the smaller communities and along the difficult routes where many providers won’t deliver. They have developed a stellar reputation for safety, prompt service, and client satisfaction.

Coastal Transportation & Storage (CTS) is based in Comox Valley where they operate a 10,000 sq ft warehouse that includes a 3,000 sq ft freezer, 5,000 sq ft cooler, and a 2,500 sq ft ambient tempered section. It provides LTL (less than truckload) and TL (truckload) delivery service, as well as insulated container rentals, on Vancouver Island and the Northern Gulf Islands, including Powell River. They also serve some areas of the mainland, where they work with third-party distributors.

Skene began CTS with five employees; today there are 34. They operate 42 pieces of equipment including 24 power units and 18 trailers, among them HIAB trucks. Cross docking gives them flexibility in supporting clients, allowing them to deliver a large load to a central storage location where clients can access their goods for convenient transport to their business locations.

By 2019, the company had grown and qualified as a large employer. They hired full-time administration staff and began working toward COR certification, which they attained in 2021. Even before they began working toward COR, safety was at the forefront of CTS operations.

At CTS, safety is not a process or program; it is a value. Skene observes that it ensures everyone goes home to their families at the end of the day. And CTS has a reputation for being a family-oriented company where concern for team members is the order of the day. The safety manager and staff are always on the lookout for opportunities to improve safety, such as adding more lights to the yard or ensuring everyone is aware of slip/fall hazards in the freezer and cooler.

There is active safety management on the floor to ensure situations don’t become hazards. Skene maintains an open-door policy with the team—anyone can bring a safety concern or any matter to him. They communicate safety with the team through occupational health and safety (OHS) meetings and a regular company-wide email called the Blurb. Team members are reminded of the importance of safety and of OHS policies and procedures, especially the importance of reporting issues. The safety manager ensures every new hire gets an orientation that includes safety matters, such as using a safety jack properly. There may be new initiatives in the future to incentivize safety practice, but their current approach works well.

As Logan says, “actions speak louder than words.” The goal is always to keep each other safe; it pays off in a safe shop, a happy team, and a good reputation among clients. In fact, Logan notes that, when they commissioned an in-house survey of employee satisfaction, the examiner commented that he’d never seen such a high rating. Embracing the family model makes CTS a good place to work and ensures accident-free days.

The culture of caring pervades CTS from their safety practice to philanthropy. They support many local charities, including YANA (You are Not Alone), which helps families who need to travel to access medical treatment; youth groups; hospital charities; volunteer fire fighters; and a range of fund-raisers.

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2021 Certificate of Recognition (COR) Achievement of Excellence Award Announcement

SafetyDriven Announces 2021 COR Industry Award Winners

SafetyDriven- Trucking Safety Council of BC (TSCBC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Certificate of Recognition Achievement of Excellence award for 2021.

The Health and Safety Certificate of Recognition (COR) recognizes and rewards employers who implement and maintain an occupational health and safety management system that meets or exceeds the requirements for COR certification. By providing best practices for an efficient operation, COR enables companies to minimize risk to their operations and financial viability.

Companies who achieve COR- which involves standards for documentation, participation in training, an internal review process, and an on-site audit- are eligible for a 10 percent rebate on the previous year’s WorkSafeBC premiums.

SafetyDriven is a certifying partner for the transportation and warehousing sectors on behalf of WorkSafeBC, the body that issues the certification. The program is voluntary and all employers in BC are eligible to participate through their aligned certifying partner. Employers who are interested in the COR program are encouraged to enquire with WorkSafeBC or SafetyDriven regarding their eligibility.

“This year’s winners have achieved a significant level of excellence through their safety standards,” said Earl Galavan, SafetyDriven’s COR Manager. “They’ve not only met COR requirements but have also raised the bar even higher when it comes to implementing a safety program that keeps employees safe.

“These companies have embraced continuous improvement in their Safety Management System which requires much effort and dedication, and for that SafetyDriven is honoured to present them with this award.”

COR Achievement of Excellence recipients for 2021 are:

  • AFD Petroleum
  • Ball & Son Trucking Ltd.
  • Coastal Transportation and Storage Ltd.
  • ColdFront
  • Copper Mountain Mining Corporation
  • EV Logistics
  • Hollywood Trucking Ltd.
  • Transnet Carrier Ltd.

Coastal Transportation and Storage Ltd. is also presented with the Best Overall Large Employer COR Award for 2021.

Congratulations to all of the winners! Learn more about SafetyDriven’s COR Program here. For more information on each of the winners, continue reading below.

AFD Petroleum

Established in 1989, AFD Petroleum is an independent supplier of bulk fuel, lubricants, and on-site tank storage systems to companies across western Canada and Alaska. They offer efficient, state-of-the-art delivery systems, on-site fuel and oil tank storage systems, accurate online satellite tank level monitoring, a well-equipped project management team, and more. Their reputation for working with clients to understand and overcome the unique challenges they face is well earned and well deserved. Meeting the challenge of acquiring COR was a logical next step in their growth.

Ball & Son Trucking Ltd.

This local-family owned company has been in business for 5 years. They highly value the safety and wellness of their employees, and through hard work and diligence acquired COR.

Coastal Transportation and Storage Ltd.

Coastal Transportation & Storage provides LTL and TL delivery service on Vancouver Island. They pride themselves on customer service and ‘getting there when others can’t’.  Coastal Transportation and Storage specializes in serving not only the North Island but also their community through multiple sponsorships and charitable donations.  Developing a program to meet COR was a challenge they gladly accepted.

ColdFront

For over 50 years ColdFront has been British Columbia’s dealer providing temperature control equipment, parts and service to the transportation industry.  They have grown into sales, service, and repair of Carrier, Transicold, and Webasto equipment for trucks, trailers, and railcars.  Acquiring COR was just the next step in ColdFront’s quest for excellence.

Copper Mountain Mining Corporation

Copper Mountain Mine is located near Princeton produces over 100 million pounds of copper equivalent per year.  Copper Mountain Mining Corporation invests in the local communities with most of their workforce hired locally. They also offer several successful training and development programs, including 13 apprenticeship programs supporting various disciplines. Understanding the power of a knowledgeable and engaged workforce made acquiring COR an obvious choice.

EV Logistics

EV Logistics is one of the largest logistics employers in the Fraser Valley with over 650 employees.  Distributing fresh, frozen, and ambient temperature grocery products to retail stores across Western Canada from two distinct distribution centers is a challenge.  EV Logistics meets that challenge by being dedicated to delivering a safe and healthy work environment.  They are tremendously proud of their team’s commitment to safety excellence which resulted in achieving their COR.

Hollywood Trucking Ltd.

Hollywood Trucking Ltd. provides heavy haul and transportation services within BC. With two trucks, a pilot truck, a 60-ton lowbed and even a CAT excavator, they are prepared to be your go to service provider. Striving to provide safe and reliable service to their customers meant that getting COR was a natural for them.

Transnet Carrier Ltd.

Transnet Carrier provides freight, courier, flatbed, and Hiab crane services from Whistler to Hope, including Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.  With a focus on serving their customers to the best of their abilities, it is no wonder that getting COR was part of their growth.

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Save Money and Fuel Through the CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program

$3.5 million in rebates available for approved fuel-saving devices

On August 12, 2022, the BC Trucking Association (BCTA) announced they will be accepting rebate applications for Year-four of the highly successful CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency (HDVE) Program.

For the fourth year in a row, BCTA has partnered with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to administer the CleanBC HDVE Program– an incentive program that provides carriers with fuel management strategies and rebates of up to $15,000 per vehicle and $100,000 per fleet for approved fuel-efficiency devices.

As part of the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, the CleanBC HDVE Program is a key element of the Government of B.C.’s work to accelerate climate action and get the province on track to a net-zero economy through low carbon industry and negative emissions technologies. Medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles are responsible for approximately half of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from B.C.’s road transportation sector. However, by providing carriers with fuel management strategies and incentives of up to 50% for approved fuel-efficiency devices, participation in the program can currently reduce fuel consumption and associated GHG emissions by up to 35%. As zero-emission commercial vehicles are in the emerging state of availability, encouraging the use of fuel-saving technology that is available today is vital to getting a jump on emission reduction. To demonstrate their commitment to the fight against climate change, the provincial government is providing $3.5 million to Year-four of the Program, more than double the rebates offered previously.

Since its inception in 2019, BCTA estimates the impact of the CleanBC HDVE Program to have removed 39.4 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions each year– the equivalent of over 8,800 passenger vehicles across North America– and that number continues to climb.

Year-four of the CleanBC HDVE Program will run until August 31, 2023, or until the funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first.

CleanBC HDVE Program Key Features

  • The newly revamped and condensed CleanBC HDVE Program Course teaches participants the importance on why truck and motor coach fleets of any size should have a fuel management program that focuses on driver training, benchmarking, adoption of fuel-saving equipment, and fleet turnover, including consideration of alternative fuel options. Course registration is free.
  • Rebates of up to $15,000 per vehicle and up to $100,000 per fleet for purchase and installation of approved fuel-saving equipment and technology are available.  See the full list of approved equipment and rebates here.
  • Funding is allocated equitably among successful applicants by region and carrier type and size.

Priority funding allocation for Year-four will be given to new applicants. Applications will be accepted from new applicants beginning August 12, 2022, and from all applicants beginning September 15, 2022.

BCTA is working in collaboration with Indigenous businesses and communities to encourage program participation and achieve stronger representation of Indigenous talent in the commercial vehicle sector.

For more details about the program, please see the CleanBC HDVE Program Guide.

Eligibility

To be eligible for program rebates, BCTA membership is not required. Companies must meet the eligibility criteria that are available in the CleanBC HDVE Program Guide, including:

  • Must have one or more heavy-duty commercial vehicles in their fleet with a gross vehicle weight greater than 11,794 kilograms.
  • Vehicle must be licensed and insured to operate in B.C.
  • Must conduct business in the province with a terminal located in B.C.

All applicants must first successfully complete the free pre-requisite Year-four CleanBC HDVE Program Course before submitting their application. The newly revamped and condensed course, which is offered by webinar and in-person, teaches participants the benefits of having a fuel management program, and how to incorporate measures to improve fuel economy with an emphasis on B.C. specific data. The course also demonstrates how to develop a baseline of fuel consumption and track progress as part of the company’s program. Registration for the CleanBC HDVE Program Course is now open.

How to Apply

The application process for the HDVE Program is broken down into three stages:

  • Stage 1: August 12, 2022- Registration is now open for the pre-requisite CleanBC HDVE Program Course. Applications open for new applicants.
  • Stage 2: September 15, 2022- Applications open for all applicants based on provincial region.
  • Stage 3: November 1, 2022- Unallocated funds are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis regardless of region.

Program Course registration information and application details can be found on the BCTA website.

More information

To learn more about CleanBC, please visit cleanbc.gov.bc.ca.

For more information on the CleanBC Heavy-duty Vehicle Efficiency Program, visit BCTrucking.com.

 

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Health and Safety Survey – Your opinions matter

SafetyDriven is working with WorkSafeBC to circulate a survey about workplace health and safety.

WorkSafeBC has created a survey to solicit feedback from workers and employers in the province following the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation changes regarding safety headgear in September 2021. The survey is offered in English and Punjabi. The findings from this and subsequent survey waves will be used as part of WorkSafeBC’s efforts to measure the effectiveness of the regulatory changes.

Please take 5 minutes of your time to participate in this online survey. Your responses will be collected for the purposes of helping WorkSafeBC better understand the needs of the workers and employers and will support their efforts to continuously improve WorkSafeBC products and services. Please be assured that your answers will be completely anonymous.

Click on this link to begin: https://ipsossurvey.ca/headgear/

If you have any questions or concerns about this research, please contact Tracy Klass, WorkSafeBC Manager, Insights, at tracy.klass@worksafebc.com.

Personal information will be collected, used, and disclosed for the purpose of planning or evaluating a program or activity of WorkSafeBC in accordance with sections 26(e), 32(c) and 33(2)(j) of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have questions about the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information please contact WorkSafeBC’s FIPP Office at 604-279-8171 or fipp@worksafebc.com. If you’d like more information, you can view our Privacy Statement on worksafebc.com. Respondents are reminded to refrain from providing details in the open text that could lead to identification if they wish to remain anonymous.

ਵਿਸ਼ਾ: ਸਿਹਤ ਅਤੇ ਸੇਫਟੀ ਬਾਰੇ ਸਰਵੇ – ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਮਹੱਤਵ ਰੱਖਦੇ ਹਨ

ਕੰਮ ਦੀ ਥਾਂ `ਤੇ ਸਿਹਤ ਅਤੇ ਸੇਫਟੀ ਬਾਰੇ ਇਕ ਸਰਵੇ ਵੰਡਣ ਲਈ ਸੇਫਟੀਡਰਿਵਨ, ਵਰਕਸੇਫ ਬੀ ਸੀ ਨਾਲ ਕੰਮ ਕਰ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ।

ਇਕ ਔਨਲਾਈਨ ਸਰਵੇ ਵਿਚ ਹਿੱਸਾ ਲੈਣ ਲਈ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਆਪਣੇ 5 ਮਿੰਟ ਕੱਢੋ।

ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਜਵਾਬ ਵਰਕਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਕੰਮ-ਮਾਲਕਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਲੋੜਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬਿਹਤਰ ਸਮਝਣ ਵਿਚ ਵਰਕਸੇਫ ਬੀ ਸੀ ਦੀ ਮਦਦ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਮੰਤਵਾਂ ਲਈ ਇਕੱਠੇ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾਣਗੇ ਅਤੇ ਇਹ ਵਰਕਸੇਫ ਬੀ ਸੀ ਦੀਆਂ ਵਸਤਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਸੇਵਾਵਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਲਗਾਤਾਰ ਸੁਧਾਰ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਯਤਨਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਮਦਦ ਕਰਨਗੇ। ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਇਹ ਭਰੋਸਾ ਰੱਖੋ ਕਿ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਜਵਾਬ ਪੂਰੀ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਗੁਪਤ ਰੱਖੇ ਜਾਣਗੇ।

ਸਰਵੇ ਵਿਚ ਹਿੱਸਾ ਲੈਣ ਲਈ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਹੇਠਲੇ ਲਿੰਕ ਉੱਪਰ ਕਲਿੱਕ ਕਰੋ।

https://ipsossurvey.ca/headgear/

ਸਮਾਂ ਕੱਢਣ ਲਈ ਤੁਹਾਡਾ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ।

ਇਸ ਰੀਸਰਚ ਬਾਰੇ ਜੇ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਕੋਈ ਸਵਾਲ ਜਾਂ ਫਿਕਰ ਹੋਣ ਤਾਂ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਵਰਕਸੇਫ ਬੀ ਸੀ ਦੀ ਮੈਨੇਜਰ, ਇਨਸਾਈਟਸ, ਟਰੇਸੀ ਕਲਾਸ ਨਾਲ tracy.klass@worksafebc.com `ਤੇ ਸੰਪਰਕ ਕਰੋ।

ਨਿੱਜੀ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ, ਬੀ ਸੀ ਦੇ ਫ੍ਰੀਡਮ ਔਫ ਇਨਫਰਮੇਸ਼ਨ ਐਂਡ ਪ੍ਰੋਟੈਕਸ਼ਨ ਔਫ ਪ੍ਰਾਈਵੇਸੀ ਐਕਟ (ਐੱਫ ਆਈ ਪੀ ਪੀ ਏ) ਦੇ ਸੈਕਸ਼ਨਾਂ 26(ਈ), 32(ਸੀ) ਅਤੇ 33(2)(ਜੇ) ਦੇ ਮੁਤਾਬਕ ਵਰਕਸੇਫ ਬੀ ਸੀ ਦੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਪ੍ਰੋਗਰਾਮ ਜਾਂ ਸਰਗਰਮੀ ਦੀ ਪਲੈਨਿੰਗ ਕਰਨ ਜਾਂ ਮੁਲਾਂਕਣ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਮੰਤਵ ਲਈ ਇਕੱਠੀ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ, ਵਰਤੀ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ ਅਤੇ ਜ਼ਾਹਰ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ। ਆਪਣੀ ਨਿੱਜੀ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਇਕੱਠੀ ਕਰਨ, ਵਰਤਣ ਜਾਂ ਜ਼ਾਹਰ ਕਰਨ ਬਾਰੇ ਜੇ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਕੋਈ ਸਵਾਲ ਹੋਣ ਤਾਂ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਵਰਕਸੇਫ ਬੀ ਸੀ ਦੇ ਐੱਫ ਆਈ ਪੀ ਪੀ ਦਫਤਰ ਨਾਲ 604-279-8171 `ਤੇ ਜਾਂ fipp@worksafebc.com `ਤੇ ਸੰਪਰਕ ਕਰੋ। ਜੇ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਹੋਰ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਲੈਣਾ ਚਾਹੁੰਦੇ ਹੋਵੋ ਤਾਂ ਤੁਸੀਂ worksafebc.com `ਤੇ ਸਾਡੀ ਪ੍ਰਾਈਵੇਸੀ ਸਟੇਟਮੈਂਟ ਦੇਖ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋ। ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਜੇ ਗੁਮਨਾਮ ਰਹਿਣਾ ਚਾਹੁੰਦੇ ਹੋਣ ਤਾਂ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਖੁੱਲ੍ਹੇ ਟੈਕਸਟ ਵਿਚ ਵੇਰਵੇ ਦੇਣ ਤੋਂ ਪਰਹੇਜ਼ ਕਰਨ ਬਾਰੇ ਚੇਤੇ ਕਰਵਾਇਆ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ ਜੋ ਕਿ ਪਛਾਣ ਕਰਵਾ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਨ।

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Trimac Transportation: Service With Safety

At Trimac, “service with safety” is more than a motto. A solid safety culture is the company’s core.

Jack McCaig launched Trimac Transportation (then known as McCaig Cartage) in 1932 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Since then, while the company has transformed many times, it has maintained its family roots, being led by the McCaig family and Jack’s three sons, Bud, Roger, and Maurice. Today, the company has grown to become the leading bulk carrier in North America. Trimac fills a niche within the trucking sector, transporting the raw materials to make the goods we all need and want.  

To say that safety is important to Trimac would be an understatement; Alex Guariento, VP Safety, describes the company’s safety culture as “a marathon” of learning. Everyone at the company is empowered by Trimac’s safety commitments: 

  • I make safety a part of every decision 
  • I make safety personal 
  • I have the courage to intervene 

These three simple statements are powerful because they set individuals up for safety success. 

While safety has always been important, an accident in 2018 compelled a conscious safety program. A tanker explosion at a facility in Newfoundland prompted many questions about how it happened, but more importantly, how the company let it happen. Fortunately, no one was injured and the Trimac leadership realized safety needed to be prioritized better to reduce situations where accidents could happen. 

That incident was the main driver behind Trimac’s Rooted in Safety program. Guariento notes that it’s not a set of rules or policy book dictating from the top down; rather, it is a learning culture that promotes proactive safety practices to engage everyone from the ground up. Year over year, it has resulted in significant accomplishments, such as earning the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) Competitive Safety Award three times; the prestigious award recognizes the best safety program and record for the year by a tank truck operator in North America. 

Every aspect of the company’s work is part of its safety culture, including scheduling, tools, procedures, and behaviours. A person working safely is recognized. A mishap is an opportunity to learn. People watch out for each other. Drivers are integral to Trimac’s safety record as they take their safety culture on the road; they are mindful of their own and clients’ safety. Their empowerment within the company has helped them support clients when unsafe practices have gone unnoticed because a long-standing process was never questioned. The result has been risk reduction in their own and clients’ facilities. 

Guariento says communication drives Trimac’s safety culture; at home, toolbox talks, bulletins, monthly meetings, and everyday opportunities for discussion help staff stay safety-aware. For drivers on the road, onboard tech connects drivers to supervisors and safety videos allow drivers to keep up with the company’s in-house training program, which includes Safety Tune-ups—short safety videos that drivers can watch at day’s end or while their truck is being unloaded. Regular safety communiques cover every aspect of Trimac’s work.  

Drivers of bulk carriers log lots of time away. Trimac encourages drivers to use the Headversity app, which supports mental health by focusing on mindfulness. Managers keep an eye out for behaviour that could signal someone is struggling.  

During the pandemic, as Area Manager Besnik Gasi notes, Trimac “doubled down on communication” to keep everyone—drivers, mechanics, loaders, office staff—safe. They established a pandemic response committee to oversee daily updates, PPE purchasing for all locations, best practices for physical distancing and sanitizing, and how to minimize contact with shippers and delivery locations. The technology already in place supported new processes, such as scanning documents from in-cab computers to minimize contact with others, and helped office staff transition to working remotely.  

 They held virtual safety meetings and training. They partnered with customers to ensure driver safety and establish mutual solutions to follow COVID guidelines on-site, which included allowing washroom and shower access for drivers. There has been a silver lining to the pandemic; Gasi notes experiencing the “uncertainties of the pandemic with minimal face time has brought teams closer and they’ve been able to leverage technology to fill gaps and operate safely in the communities they serve.” 

 Trimac is a good place to work, as evidenced by being named a Top Fleet Employer in 2021 and a Top Company for Women to Work For in Transportation four years in a row (2018 – 2021). Trimac supports Women Building Futures (WBF) and Women in Trucking (WiT). They also support a women’s Youth Apprenticeship Program and have an active Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging council that educates and engages teams on the issue. Their policies regarding women and a diverse workforce are particularly important today, given the commercial driver shortage. 

Trimac became COR-certified in Alberta in 2004 and in BC in 2014; the company is COR-certified as a large employer. 

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At R.J. Fisher, it’s all in the family

Ronald “Ronnie” Joseph Fisher, founder of R.J. Fisher Transport, always said the secret to his success was being a family man.

Shelby Fisher and her father Ronald J. Fisher

After driving for 15 years, including three within the modular building industry, Ronnie Fisher started his own company near Vernon, BC, in 1991 by himself, with just one truck. He gradually added a pilot car and driver. Now R.J. Fisher has four trucks and drivers, three pilot vehicles and one pilot driver, and an installation crew. They sub-contract pilot driving and crane operations.

To Ronnie, building his business was building a good life for his family. He hired family members, he said, because he had “to give the bums a job” but they didn’t get a free ride; he expected family to exhibit the same values and work ethic as he did and the same concern for clients. He was known for treating his employees like family, sharing in their successes and losses, and telling one-liner dad jokes.

Ronnie passed away in the spring of 2021. His legacy is the family business that continues his work, with people who are, like him, dedicated to the highway and its safety. Today, Ronnie’s daughter, Shelby, is the owner and president. She started with the company as a pilot vehicle driver seven years ago, worked in the office for two years, and assumed the reins in January 2021. But she didn’t come into the company as a newbie; she grew up in the office, bugging her dad to teach her the business. Drivers who worked for her dad and saw her grow up now work for her. It’s a unique situation.

Shelby says she was a bit nervous at first that these experienced professionals might not want to follow her lead, but she says they treat her with respect and are still the great team her dad put together. She continues to maintain the positive work environment that Ronnie inspired at R.J. Fisher where team members are both friends and family, making sure she extends that ethos to people new to their group. She is proving herself by taking the company into the future, “making things better in the best way possible,” to help it grow and thrive.

Moving large things is hazardous, with lots of moving parts. It takes intensive training to make sure workers and drivers are aware of the risks. The mechanics of hauling buildings hasn’t changed; it uses safety chains, cranes, and strapping over the roofs, which becomes more dangerous as the weather changes. A big hazard is the lack of truck awareness on the road; other drivers’ actions are often unsafe. The pilot vehicle drivers are there to support the truck drivers and to help make other drivers aware of the over-sized load. Shelby is proud of the company’s clean safety record and attributes it to the company’s great work environment.

The COVID pandemic did not slow R.J. Fisher’s work. Each driver drives the same truck all the time and their work doesn’t require much contact with others, so the team was essentially its own bubble. They wore masks as required and sanitized vehicle cabs if the vehicle had been out for maintenance; the cleaning practice will be retained after the pandemic to mitigate catching other viruses that can keep people off work.

R.J. Fisher Transport is working toward COR certification. It’s among the changes Shelby knows are necessary to continue the company’s success. Safety training is mainly done internally and supplemented by specific courses, such as first aid or Fall Arrest training, but will branch out as they expand the installation team.

Safety communication is managed in person; Shelby maintains an open-door policy; connects with each driver at the end of the day, realizing that being alone can be difficult; and is never more than a phone call or text away. The trucks are blue-tooth enabled, so drivers can reach out as needed. The work is such that drivers are often away for several days, or not—they could just as well be in the Vernon area for extended periods. At the end of each month, the team gathers as a family to mark their successes.

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At Urban Impact Recycling Ltd., Safety is the Job

Work safety tops the list of core cultural values at Urban Impact Recycling Ltd. In the competitive waste and recycling sector, Urban Impact sets itself apart through its 13 core values, the primary one being “safety is our priority, always.”

When the family-owned business was founded in 1989, it was the Lower Mainland’s first multi-material recycling company. It began with one truck and has grown to 35 that include rear load trucks, front loaders, tractors, roll-off trucks, and onsite shred trucks serving more than 6,500 customer locations from Whistler to Chilliwack. Urban Impact

Urban Impact has three operating divisions—Trucking, Plant, and Maintenance—that include 36 drivers and six maintenance workers, many of whom have been with the company for many years. The staff enjoys a family environment; CEO Nicole Stefenelli says, “ we work hard to keep our family of drivers working safely and efficiently.” She adds that the company’s cultural values unify the teams, who work together to provide outstanding customer service.

Safety Coordinator Elaine Leong, who joined Urban Impact in 2021, remarks the Urban Impact originally felt the safety value was enough as it was “simple, direct and clear,” and boosted the message to be more compelling. Over time, they added a second, more poignant, message that is displayed on all training material, signage, and documentation: “Work Safely. Make it home tonight. Family and friends depend on it.”

One of the core principles of the company’s safety program is that safety must be a lived value from the ground up. Other cultural values support the primary mandate, including:

• Genuinely care about people we work with. We are a flexible and fair employer.
• Be approachable. Staff have full access to our leadership team.
• Support staff’s health and wellness.

Safety is communicated via bulletin boards that promote safety themes, but mainly through toolbox talks, known as the Safety Sandwich; the “bread” creates the form of the sandwich—the top slice is policy, training, and procedures, and the bottom is commitment, day-to-day feedback, and learning. In the middle are safety and safety meetings. The Safety Sandwich is served up using video, Power Point, and in-person discussion.

Following the lead of CEO Nicole Stefenelli, Urban Impact Recycling Ltd. embraces technology to communicate effectively, which includes using apps to send out bulletins about safety concerns such as using equipment to move heavy loads, using safe techniques for pushing and pulling bins, and using three-point contact when entering and exiting a truck.

Drivers have access to an app for reporting issues on the road, including submitting photos. The app was useful when a driver was injured at a client’s site where bricks had been used to mark the bays instead of painted lines. The driver, using the proper

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three-point contact, stepped down onto the bricks and turned his ankle. He was able to report the incident, complete with pictures, right away.

One way Urban Impact incentivizes safety is through the Driver of the Month award, which recognizes safety and customer service. It’s an important tool to recognize team members’ outstanding commitment to safe operations. Criteria for the award include excellent attendance; no damage, accidents, tickets; no disciplinary issues; receiving compliments rather than complaints; completing paperwork properly; keeping the truck cab clean and being well turned-out in the company uniform; and showing improved productivity or meeting targets.

The pandemic brought additional safety considerations, which Urban Impact Recycling Ltd., as an essential service, met by exceeding requirements with their COVID 19 plan. The priority was to keep teams safe on their own and customers’ sites. Stefenelli says, “to continue to deliver Toolboxes weekly with meaning and purpose, we moved outside but also used several apps to deliver content for the safety topics.”
Recognizing that vaccinations are a personal choice, Urban Impact offered help to team members who wanted to get themselves and their families vaccinated. They addressed physical distancing requirements by making physical changes that will remain after the pandemic—additional lunch areas and restrooms—and establishing separate entrances and having administrative and customer service teams work from home.

The Trucking division recently celebrated 333 days with no lost-time incidents, an internal record and major accomplishment. They celebrate each 100 such days with a shared meal or a commemorative hat or shirt. The celebration and the fun that goes with it are shared with the other teams. The Plant division recently celebrated their first 100 days with no lost-time incidents.

The company is not yet COR Certified but they are working toward it and intend to attain it in 2022. Urban Impact keeps a close eye on a variety of key safety performance indicators, which are communicated to the managers and supervisor each month for monitoring and communicating results. They continuously build on their safety program as they strive to reach their goal of zero incidents and zero accidents.

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Asking all drivers to Be Truck Aware

If you bought it, a truck brought it! Trucks and their drivers are essential to our economy. Share the road safely.

A fully loaded tractor-trailer weighs up to 63,500 kg (140,000 lbs). An average passenger vehicle weighs 1,800 kg (4,000 lbs). That’s a huge weight differential to take on when a motorist does something unsafe on the road.

Professional drivers see it too often—motorists taking some pretty unsafe actions around commercial transport vehicles. Every year in BC, approximately 60 people are killed in traffic crashes between passenger vehicles and large commercial vehicles.

And every day, truck drivers see close calls. For example, motorists pass commercial trucks, then merge immediately in front of them. It’s unsafe to do this because these large trucks need extra room to stop or turn. A fully loaded transport truck travelling at 65 km/h (40 mph) takes 36 percent longer to brake and stop than a passenger car travelling at the same speed. A fully loaded transport truck travelling at 105 km/h (65 mph) takes 66 percent longer to brake and stop than a passenger car travelling at the same speed.

Studies in North America show that, in fatal car-truck crashes, the driver of the passenger vehicle is at fault in at least 60 percent of the incidents. Studies also show that, in collisions between cars and large trucks, the occupants of the passenger vehicle are at least four times more likely to be killed than the driver of the truck.

Be truck aware

What does it take to operate a large commercial vehicle?

Few people know what it’s like to drive a large commercial vehicle. Motorists might change their perspective about sharing the road and their driving habits if they realized what it takes to operate a large commercial vehicle. The Be Truck Aware Alliance, a coalition of BC road safety stakeholders, offers this advice for passenger vehicle drivers:

• Leave space. Large trucks need extra room to stop and to turn. Don’t take away their turning or braking room.
• Don’t merge too soon. When passing a truck, make sure you can see both of its headlights in your rear-view mirror before merging back into the lane. If you merge too soon, the truck driver may not be able to see you or to stop in time to avoid a crash.
• Be visible around trucks. Either slow down or move well ahead of large trucks to stay out of the truck driver’s blind spots.
• Anticipate wide turns. Watch for trucks making wide swings to turn right. Never drive ahead in the right lane beside a turning truck.

Remember that trucks take longer to pull away from an intersection and to stop than a passenger vehicle. Be truck aware!

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Congratulations to Central Island Distributors Ltd.!

SafetyDriven – Trucking Safety Council of BC salutes the excellent work of Central Island Distributors for attaining the 2020 Certificate of Recognition (COR) Achievement of Excellence Award as well as the Best Overall Large Employer COR Award.

Central Island Distributors Ltd., known by its customers as CID, has more than 29 years of transportation industry experience. The company specializes in less than truckload (LTL) and full truckload (FTL) overnight service between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. They are a trusted carrier for a large customer base of partner carriers and individual businesses.

It is a family business, started by father and son team Alex and Dave Dugan in 1992 with one 5-ton truck, one tandem axle tractor, and one 28-foot pup trailer. Since then, the company has grown to 52 power units, 115 trailers, 26 electric power jacks, and 12 forklifts distributed among their cross-dock facilities in Victoria, Nanaimo, and Delta.

As a growing concern, Central Island Distributors wanted to ensure they were safety compliant in all their locations. Ron King, Fleet Safety and Compliance Manager, took up the gauntlet.

“We wanted to elevate our health and safety program equally across all three of our terminals,” says Ron. “We recognize that much of our company’s strength comes from our well-trained and dedicated staff and I could see that SafetyDriven’s COR program offers structure and training, and it’s easy to follow.”

With his safety team, Earl Galavan, COR Manager at SafetyDriven, supported Ron and Central Island Distributors throughout the entire certification process and will continue to provide support as their safety needs evolve.

“Focusing on safety and continuous improvement is paramount in creating a productive workforce,” Earl explains. “By doing so, not only are you reducing the risk of workplace injury, but you also minimize risk to your operations and financial viability.”

As part of their continuing safety improvements, Central Island Distributors added a safety coordinator to their Victoria terminal to help monitor working conditions and address safety issues as they arise. In addition to regular warehouse, driver, and office staff meetings, they have recently implemented a monthly internal employee newsletter that delivers key safety messages to help everyone understand and retain what they learn. By taking a proactive approach to improvement, Central Island Distributors makes certain that safety is in the forefront and part of everything they do.

Ron notes, “It’s fine to have a safety program on paper, but to instill a culture of safety is an ongoing battle. You need to get the job done but you need to do it in a safe way¬, no matter what the job is. Rather than a safety program being a dusty document on our shelf, we strive to improve upon and incorporate it seamlessly into our daily activities. By adding an element of safety to every discus

sion, our goal is to promote and encourage a healthy company-wide safety culture.”

Expressing his appreciation to the SafetyDriven team for helping to build their health and safety program and guiding the company to COR, Ron says, “Earl has been a very valuable resource, and he offers a lot of insight and advice. Everyone at SafetyDriven is very approachable and responsive. I highly recommend this program. It does require a lot of effort from everyone to pass the COR audit, but once you do it’s well worth it. SafetyDriven makes sure you are well -prepared.”

Congratulations to Central Island Distributors for their success and demonstrating their commitment to a healthy and safe workplace!

The Health and Safety Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded to employers who implement and maintain an occupational health and safety management system that meets or exceeds the requirements for COR Certification. Learn more about SafetyDriven’s COR Program.

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