SAFE Work Awards virtually celebrate Manitoba safety champions

Winnipeg, MB – During a pandemic that has challenged health and safety efforts in workplaces across the province, it is

SAFE Work Awards virtually celebrate Manitoba safety champions

Winnipeg, MB – During a pandemic that has challenged health and safety efforts in workplaces across the province, it is more important than ever to recognize Manitobans who are going above and beyond to ensure safety and health is a priority in their workplaces.

Each year, a Manitoba worker, workplace safety and health committee, and workplace are each recognized with a SAFE Work Award for their strong commitment to the health and safety of their employees, co-workers and customers. SAFE Work Manitoba is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 SAFE Work Awards:

• Worker SAFEty Award: Donna Arksey, former Safety Officer at the Municipality of Harrison Park (Onanole)
• SAFEty and Health Committee Award: Birchwood Lexus Toyota Health and Safety Committee (Winnipeg)
• SAFEty Culture Award: St. Amant (Winnipeg)

A group of Manitoba high school students are also being recognized for a video project that educates their peers about the importance of workplace safety. The winners of SAFE Work Manitoba’s Norm the Safety Contest: Make Safety the Norm! are Jackson Ali, Charlotte Brandao, Connor Fletcher, Tristan Fredrickson, Rudy Kreutzer, Haley Kutz, Nicole Lavallee, Brennan McDonald, Sydney Morris, Milla Richards, and Ryan Wall from École Oak Park High School in Winnipeg, who received first-place for their video Workplace Nightmares, a tongue-in-cheek look at what can happen when workers don’t receive proper safety training.

“On behalf of the Province of Manitoba, I’d like to congratulate the award winners on their achievements,” said Finance Minister Scott Fielding. “You are setting an example for others with your dedication to safety, demonstrating that each one of us can make a difference. Thanks to efforts like yours, we are seeing workplace illness and injury numbers decline in our province.

“I also want to say a special thanks for your hard work to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition to managing risks posed by the usual hazards, you’ve had to step up to ensure people are protected from the virus.”

The annual Safety awards gala, which celebrates Manitoba achievements in workplace safety and health and recognizes winners (including the SAFE Work Award winners), has been replaced with a virtual announcement due to the pandemic.

Source: SAFE Work Manitoba