2020 Certificate of Recognition (COR) Achievement of Excellence Award Announcement

SafetyDriven Announces 2020 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 2020.

The Health and Safety Certificate of Recognition (COR) recognizes and rewards employers who implement and maintain a functional health and safety management system. COR programs meet these requirements by taking a “best practices” approach to health and safety which minimizes 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.

Earl Galavan, SafetyDriven’s COR Manager, had the pleasure of notifying seven companies who earned their initial Certificate of Recognition in 2020, that they are being recognized with the COR Achievement of Excellence for receiving top marks on their certification audits.
“These companies have demonstrated excellence in workplace health and safety, and are committed to continuous improvement,” says Galavan. “After a great deal of dedication and effort, they have been able to achieve this significant milestone, and SafetyDriven is proud to be a part of their journey.”

COR Achievement of Excellence recipients for 2020 are:
• Aquatrans Distributors Inc.
• Central Island Distributors Ltd.
• Cooper’s Used Auto Parts Ltd.
• Gordon Aggregates Ltd.
• TRK Helicopters (B.C.) Ltd.
• Valley Waste & Recycling Inc.
• Vertec Transport Ltd.

Central Island Distributors Ltd. is also presented with the Best Overall Large Employer COR Award for 2020.

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.

Aquatrans Distributors Inc.

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Established in 1987, Aquatrans Distributors Inc. is a family-owned business that has grown to become a full-service provider of freight hauling to and from Vancouver Island, Port Metro-Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, and Washington State.

Gaining COR Certification was a large goal not only for management, but for the entire Aquatrans team. Because health and safety is one of their core pillars, Aquatrans ensures their employees have a safe work environment to go to while also being able to service their customers efficiently.

“Transitioning toward a COR Program was both challenging and rewarding for our team. All of our team members from leadership to drivers worked continuously and diligently to ensure that Aquatrans not only met but surpassed COR requirements. We implemented policies and procedures, increased company wide communication and collaboration, and with the help of our entire team, received our COR certification in 2020.” -Isabella Scott, Business Innovation & Administration Manager

Central Island Distributors Ltd.

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Also known as “CID”, Central Island Distributors Ltd. specializes in LTL and FTL overnight freight delivery service to and from the Lower Mainland to Vancouver Island. It was started in 1992 by Alex and Dave Dugan with one five tonne truck, one tandem axle tractor, and one 28-foot van trailer. Almost 30 years later the company has 52 power units, 115 trailers, 26 electric power jacks, and 12 forklifts distributed across facilities in Victoria, Nanaimo, and Delta.

CID originally decided to pursue COR certification as an effort to implement a formalized program that was recognized and approved by WorkSafeBC. It was important to their company that they have an all encompassing and easy to understand program that can be embraced by all employees.

“We have found the COR format to be scalable as we continue to grow, and specifically meets the needs of the Transportation Industry. After going through the process to become certified, Central Island Distributors now recognizes that well trained and dedicated staff are a direct result of a Healthy Safety Culture.” -Ron King, Fleet, Safety & Compliance Manager

Cooper’s Used Auto Parts Ltd.

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Gordon Aggregates Ltd.

Gordon Aggregates Ltd. hauls aggregate, rip rap, coal, sand, contaminated soil, and organic spoils throughout BC and Alberta. With various configurations of heavy-duty dump trucks and trailer equipment for all hauling needs, Gordon Aggregates is committed to achieving the highest standards in safety, professionalism, and service.

TRK Helicopters (B.C.) Ltd.

TRK Helicopters (B.C.) Ltd. was created in 2004 and is a fleet of light, intermediate, and medium helicopters used for diverse operations from fire fighting to mineral exploration and tourism. They offer many services including forest fire fighting for all fire centres across the country, mineral exploration and mining, heli-skiing, wildlife capture, wildlife surveys for provincial and federal government, sightseeing tours and remote site access for telecom carriers across Canada. TRK Helicopters has bases in Langley, BC, Whitehorse, YT, Haines Junction, YT and Merritt, BC.

Valley Waste & Recycling Inc.

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Valley Waste & Recycling Inc. is a family-owned waste management company that has been serving the Fraser Valley for over 20 years. They offer a variety of services including garbage disposal and recycling, roll off container rentals, curb side pickup, septic tank services, hydro excavation, and portable toilet rentals.

Whether it’s their customers, employees, site visitors, or members of the public, Valley Waste & Recycling Inc. always puts safety first.

“We want to do everything in our power to be confident that everyone stays safe while using or providing our waste and recycling services, which is why we decided to pursue the Certification of Recognition. It was hard work, but we’re happy to have done it! We’re very proud of all the Valley staff for working together and staying safe out there while performing quality service.” -Leah Harmatuik, HR Coordinator