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Safety Week raises the bar on awareness and leadership

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by DCN News Services

VAUGHAN, Ont. — More than 60 construction companies and program sponsors across Canada and the U.S. staged events for Safety Week 2017 from May 1 to 5 to promote safety awareness, culture and leadership.
As part of Safety Week 2017, the Pioneer Village Subway Station project team staged a mock rescue performed by the City of Vaughan Fire Department. Walsh Canada project co-ordinator Melaney Stanberry volunteered to be the “injured” subject while the fire department safely lifted her from the bus terminal roof and rappelled her down to the ground.
As part of Safety Week 2017, the Pioneer Village Subway Station project team staged a mock rescue performed by the City of Vaughan Fire Department. Walsh Canada project co-ordinator Melaney Stanberry volunteered to be the “injured” subject while the fire department safely lifted her from the bus terminal roof and rappelled her down to the ground. - Photo: WALSH CANADA

Walsh Canada kicked off Safety Week on May 1 with a breakfast event at its Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower site. It was attended by over 180 people, including dignitaries from the William Osler Health System, Ministry of Labour, Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA), Infrastructure Ontario (IO), Council of Ontario Construction Associations, Humber College, the Hamilton-Halton Construction Association and the Toronto Construction Association.

According to a release issued by Walsh, fellow contractor Bird Construction, working on the neighbouring site, was also in attendance as safety is not proprietary.

A lunch event was held in the afternoon at Walsh's Borden Enterprise Data Centre site at CFB Borden. Major Craig Crawley shared his construction safety experiences from working abroad with the Canadian Armed Forces and congratulated the project team for achieving zero lost time injuries on the project to date.

Tuesday, May 2 was highlighted with a barbecue lunch at the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant. City of Toronto dignitaries were among the 220 in attendance. The event also included special guest speaker Bill Whelan, who shared his story of how a major workplace incidenyt 18 years ago changed his life. He encouraged workers in attendance to be more vigilant in identifying hazards in their work environment and ensure they have the training and tools needed to do their jobs safely, states the release.

May 3 began with a breakfast at the Humber Treatment Plant, followed by a lunch at Credit Valley Hospital that had over 185 in attendance, including dignitaries from IO, Trillium Health Partners, the City of Mississauga and the OGCA. Walsh also presented a green hardhat to labourer Joseph Baba, as part of Walsh's Yellow Hardhat program, which requires new young workers to wear yellow hardhats so they can be easily identified by other workers on site and monitored more closely to reinforce safe work habits, the release indicates. Baba achieved the requisite 12 weeks of safe work and associated training to graduate from the program.

Thursday's activities were highlighted by a lunch event held at the TTC Pioneer Village Subway Station.

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