Safest place in Lloyd

By Geoff Lee

December 1, 2016 12:00 AM

SAFETY FIRST Lloydminster Mayor, Gerald Aalbers, welcomed delegates to the 2016 Lakeland Regional Safety Conference at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds on Nov. 24.

The 2016 Lakeland Regional Safety Conference was the safest place to be on a day when icy roads made travel to the event a challenge.
The event took place in the Prairie Room inside the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds on Nov. 24 with the theme, Learning to Succeed, aimed at industry leaders.
“Everybody will need tips and tools to learn how to succeed so that’s why our theme is Learning to Succeed this year,” said Jennifer Keach, chair of the Lakeland Regional Safety Committee event organizers.
The delegates represented nine different industries and a variety of people from frontline supervisors to safety managers from Saskatchewan and Alberta.
The agenda included five speakers and a presentation by Keach of two Outstanding Leadership awards to safety committee reps, Rob Munro and Diane Hewitt.
“They both went over and above expectations in helping us to succeed,” said Keach minutes before the conference start.
Another focus of the conference was mental toughness, the subject of keynote speaker, Debra deWaal, owner of Safe & Sound Training and Consulting Ltd. in Calgary.
“We think that is very important considering the economic downturn and what everybody’s going through right now,” said Keach.
In fact, she said the economy, icy road conditions and the cost of travel all contributed to attracting just 50 people to this year’s conference.
Among those who made the trip was Colin Pullar, president of the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) who was ready to give a talk on leadership.
“We don’t necessarily believe we have a safety gap —we have a leadership gap,” said Pullar.
He said leaders are the ones who make decisions and cause things to happen in an organization.
“Today’s focus on leaders, whether they be managers or general managers and owners of a company is going to be special today,” said Pullar.
He noted that with all workplace safety, leadership starts at the top and he would be talking about what leadership’s all about.
Pullar said his presentation would address what is leadership in the context of safety and how safety integrates into the overall success of a business today.
Bernal Ulsifer, owner of Creative Glass & Aluminum Ltd. in Lloydminster, the past chair of the Alberta Construction Safety Association, said his role is to welcome everyone to the conference on behalf of the association.
“The regional committee has also asked me to give a Safety Moment,” he said, noting the conference is a great event.
“My hat goes off to these guys for organizing this—it’s a lot of work putting a conference together,” said Ulsifer.
He too, said leadership starts from the top in keeping with the event theme.
“It’s hard to ask employees to do stuff that the management team is not ready to do themselves.”
Lloydminster Mayor, Gerald Aalbers dropped by to welcome delegates to the city with safety of mind.
“We all have to work, but it’s important at the end of the day that we all go home safe,” said Aalbers after stepping away from the podium.
He said it doesn’t matter if you work in an office or a construction site, safety is something that everybody needs to take very seriously and be accountable for.
“It’s not just the other people around it’s your own personal safety that is so important,” he said.
The conference also featured a fall protection demo by SCSA and a live fire demo by Astec Safety Inc.

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