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TimberWest gives contractors safety and environmental leadership awards

June 18, 2018 - TimberWest held its Safety Leadership and Environmental awards in Nanaimo, B.C. on June 11 and recognized the achievements of five outstanding contractors.  

“Our contractors help coordinate the activities of close to 1,000 people out in the woods every day across a variety of terrain and through changing weather conditions," said Jeff Zweig, president and chief executive officer of TimberWest. "Safe and environmentally responsible outcomes are only possible through their unrelenting focus and commitment to improve.

"Each of the award winners has contributed in an exceptional way to achieving better safety or environmental outcomes. We greatly appreciate their efforts.”

In 2017, TimberWest achieved a below coastal industry average medical incident rate of 2.01 per 200,000 hours worked; a 39 per cent decrease in medical incident rate year-over-year. And, TimberWest received zero major environmental non-conformances’ on its independent environmental audit conducted by KPMG.

“While we celebrate the accomplishments of 2017, the journey is not over until we achieve zero-harm. And this can only be achieved with the support of our contractors,” Zweig said. “Against this context, we are pleased to recognize the efforts of three outstanding leaders in safety and two outstanding leaders in environmental stewardship. Our warm congratulations to the leadership award winners.” 

The five outstanding leaders are:

  • Crew Safety Champion awarded to Denny Pement of Coastline Forestry Group
  • Safety Leader in Innovation awarded to Andrew Johnson of Wolf Lake Logging
  • Best Safety Culture awarded to  Paul Henderson of TPH Contracting
  • Best Environmental Leadership: Planning awarded to Steve Rhodes of Novafor Forest Services Ltd.
  • Best Environmental Leadership: Production awarded to Haka Enterprises Ltd.
TimberWest has recently published its 2017 Sustainability Progress Report which shares the focus for the year ahead including: working towards zero injuries by targeting a further 18 per cent reduction in injury frequency, and a targeted reduction of burning on-site residuals by 20 per cent with a company-wide goal of working towards carbon neutrality.

TimberWest is certified to the Progressive Aboriginal Relations program of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. The company is also third-party certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and has been operating on the BC Coast for over 100 years.  TimberWest is a Canadian company owned by two major Canadian public service pension funds.

June 18, 2018  By TimberWest Forest Corp.

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