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10 Vancouver Island contractors honoured for safety and environmental leadership

July 8, 2019
By Mosaic Forest Management
From left to right: Aaron Racher, General Manager Operations – North Island for Mosaic Forest Management; Aaron Frost and Nels Jorgenson, of Strategic Natural Resource Consultants Inc.; and Jeff Zweig, Mosaic’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Photo Courtesy Mosaic Forest Management.

Mosaic Forest Management is honouring 10 Vancouver Island contractors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in safety and environmental initiatives this past year.

From Duncan to Port McNeil, Campbell River to Sooke, the award winners took proactive steps to reduce their safety risks and achieve excellence in environmental performance.

In 2018, Mosaic, including employees and contractors for both TimberWest and Island Timberlands, achieved a safety performance with the lowest average medical incident rate (MIR) in five years – an MIR rate of 2.9 per 200,000 hours worked. Mosaic and its contractors continually work to test and apply new technologies and strategies to improve safety, and as a result of continued focus into 2019, the downward trend has continued with a year-to-date MIR rate of 2.3.

Recent contractor safety initiatives include adding vehicle proximity alarms, a man overboard system for boats, deploying collision avoidance technology across log handling facilities, piloting driver fatigue detection sensors in log trucks, and piloting rollover risk detection sensors in log truck trailers. In addition, steep slope harvesting machinery has helped reduce risk by lowering the amount of harvesting with a chainsaw.


“Safety is our highest priority at Mosaic – nothing supersedes it. We learn from every incident including near misses, so that we can continuously improve towards the singular goal of achieving zero-harm,” said Jeff Zweig, President and CEO of Mosaic. “I commend our contractors for their efforts in the field and their continued commitment to making safety and the environment an ongoing priority.”

Mosaic is incredibly proud of our contractors who bring an unwavering commitment to safety and environmental performance across their nearly 1 000-person strong workforce. The following companies were recognized for their outstanding performance during a ceremony yesterday in Nanaimo.

Award winners

Longstanding safety performance

  • Elco Contracting Ltd., Duncan, B.C.: Awarded for their focus on safety, having just one minor reportable incident in over 15 years. This family-run business treats employees like family, regarding safety with the highest priority.
  • Challenger Enterprises Ltd., Nanaimo and East Sooke, B.C.: This company is serious about safety, always putting people first. They have an exceptional maintenance program, ensuring equipment is in top condition for employees to operate.

Excellent safety culture

  • Ryder Contracting Ltd./Camson Contracting Ltd., Port Alberni, B.C.: Safety culture runs extremely high throughout this large focused team of road construction crews.
  • North West Bay Operation, Parksville, B.C.: This crew takes a team approach to keeping people safe and ensuring everyone does the right thing every day. The NWB Safety Committee is a proactive group that deals with safety issues quickly.

Crew safety champion

  • Damien Pine, Silvifor Resource Consultants Ltd., Cobble Hill, B.C.: Damien Pine leads by example, setting the highest standards for safety behaviour with his own crew or when supervising other planting crews. His use of technology, including a Crew App, has advanced communication among all operations.
  • John Walker, Mount Sicker Lumber Company Ltd., Duncan, B.C.: John Walker has been a foreman for many years and was instrumental in many of Mount Sicker’s safety procedures. He has a hands-on approach to every phase of the business with the full respect of the crew.

Safety leader in innovation

  • Jordan River Logging Ltd. (Island Pacific Logging), Chemainus, B.C.: This company has invested considerable time and financing in the distribution and use of RoB tethered machinery to reduce hand fallers on the ground. They are constantly implementing new methods and technologies.
  • Strategic Natural Resource Consultants Inc., Port McNeill, B.C.: This company’s technology involving its electronic check-in procedure is noted as one of the best for people working alone. They have been a leader in planning and using GPS technology – and championed introducing Lidar technology.

Excellent environmental performance

  • TPH Contracting Inc., Campbell River, B.C.: This operation takes pride in cleanliness and reducing environmental impact, having implemented new equipment and switching machinery to Environ hydraulic oil.
  • Oceanside Timber Ltd., Nanaimo, B.C.: This team has conducted operations within the Ladysmith watershed area of Holland Lake for three consecutive years, placing priority on managing the environment in this highly sensitive area, requiring performance at the highest standards.