ATCO Electric in Lloydminster received the Alberta Construction Safety Association - Trail Blazer Award North on May 12 for their efforts in promoting health and safety culture within their organization.
Brent Kobelka, manager for ATCO’s southeast region, says the award is an honour, but more importantly, it shows recognition for their health and safety program.
“I accept this on behalf of (ATCO) Electric, but I also accept this on behalf of the staff here that work at the Lloydminster office,” said Kobelka. “We have a lot of committed and dedicated folks that have helped us in our journey to be safety leaders here in the community.”
He added that health and safety is one of ATCO’s “core values” and it’s something they apply to every job from start to finish.
“When it comes to health and safety, your job is never done,” Kobelka said. “You need to keep focused and you need to be 100 per cent focused each and every day. It will continue to be a core value of ATCO electric and something that is a very high priority for us.”
The ACSA’s executive director, Dan MacLennan, says they get a lot of nominations across all regions but representatives from the regional safety committee were “really strong that ATCO is deserving and locally overdue for the recognition.”
He says the safety association regularly hears good things about ATCO’s track record regarding health and safety and that the electric company was a top choice in receiving the honour.
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“We’ve had areas in past that had people nominated that didn’t meet the criteria, so we deal with the reality of the politics of that,” MacLennan said. “It’s nice when we have the regional committee from Lloydminster - it was overwhelming, it was nice, it was clean, it was well-deserved. Companies like this, they have a really sophisticated safety program from top to bottom so it’s really well-recognized.”
Kobelka says that receiving the Trail Blazer award won’t make ATCO complacent in its safety program nor will it add pressure to maintain the programs quality, as health and safety are day-to-day issues that always stay in the forefront of their operations.
“I think the pressure us on each and every day. When you’re a leader you want to aspire to continue to be a leader and we’d be doing a disservice to our employees if we sat back and said our job is done.”