Work Safe Alberta honours 700 employers with Best Safety Performer Award

Recipients enthusiastic, keen to display award logo on equipment, uniforms
By Andrew Warren
|Western Report|Last Updated: 10/19/2009

Linda Perkins, health and safety manager at the 600-plus employee Weyerhaeuser branch plant in Grande Prairie, Alta., knows how hard it is to set a high level of workplace safety when humans, machinery and weather interact.

“This is definitely a high-risk business. Anytime you’re dealing with moving parts, open valves, hot steam and caustic chemicals, for instance, and then in either hot or cold temperatures, it becomes a challenge — every single day,” said Perkins. “You can never engineer out every risk, so you engineer out what you can and take procedures to keep them out.”

Despite the odds, Perkins’ Grande Prairie branch had no disabling injury (DI) claims in 2008 and was recognized by Work Safe Alberta with a Best Safety Performer Award in the large employer category for the fifth time in six years.