Safety conference set for this week

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November 25, 2014 9:18 AM

Keynote speaker Curtis Weber.

The first annual Lakeland Regional Safety Conference will be held Nov. 27 at the Lloydminster Exhibition grounds and will include a day of guest speakers, information sessions and exhibitors promoting various safety products.

The safety conference gives all those interested a chance to take part without the inconvenience of long-distance travel, which Dorothy Carson, executive director of the Lloydminster Construction Association, says is often the case.

“A lot of the time we always have to travel to get the benefit of conferences, so we’re looking at bringing a conference locally and bringing safety to Lloydminster and (local) companies,” she said.

Guest speakers will include Dan MacLennan, of the Alberta Construction Safety Association, and Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association’s president Collin Pullar, who will be there to speak about safety as an asset to a business.

Chris Edgelow will be giving a presentation called Generations and Change, then in the afternoon an information session on bullying in the workplace will be provided by Ross Arrowsmith.

To top off the day keynote speaker Curtis Weber will also be there to tell his story.

“Curtis Weber has his own personal journey,” said Carson. “He had a workplace injury at an early age and he’s talking about his personal journey and how he’s coped with his workplace injury.”

Safety companies around town like CanSafe, Target and Shlumberger will also have exhibits showing off safety products to attendees.

According to a press release, the event hopes to identify solutions to align safety training plans that meet the needs of regional industry and to learn from research and best practices. They also want to develop viable business opportunities for the safety community.

“It all starts with building networks that will result in human resource development, business ownership and supplier diversity to enrich the safety culture within many of our local businesses.”

“We’ve already got some good numbers,” said Carson. “We’ve got some great speakers and we just know that safety is a topic on everybody’s mind and we just want to work with safety and make sure that everybody comes home at the end of the day.”

The event begins with registration before breakfast and lunch is also included. The conference ends in the evening with a Lloydminster and area awards supper that will highlight safety personnel and companies promoting safety in the area.

For tickets call the Lloydminster Construction Association at 780-875-8875.

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