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2020 WorkSafe Saskatchewan Safe Employer Award

From WorkSafe Saskatchewan

“In Saskatchewan, the most progressive organizations recognize the importance of protecting their most valuable resource—their workforce. These organizations actively strive to create healthier and safer workplaces by implementing systematic safety management programs.

The leaders of these organizations view safety management as an integral part of their success and sustainability. They commit to continual improvement and evaluation of their safety management systems in response to both internal and external circumstances.

To celebrate these best practice employers, WorkSafe Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Safety Council developed the Safe Employer Award”

Lead by our National HSE Manager, Kelley Winter and her HSE Team, Northern Mat & Bridge (NMB) successfully applied and demonstrated why our exceptional HSE Incentive Program has had incredible impacts that has allowed us to train and educate for the elimination of workplace injuries.

To read more about WorkSafe Saskatchewan and the 2020 Safe Employer Award visit the link below!

READ: http://www.worksafesask.ca/resources/awards/safe-employer-award/?doing_wp_cron=1588611209.9727311134338378906250

Congratulations and great work to all those involved including the other two Safe Employer Award Finalists. Triple A Directional Drilling and Pryme Iron Inc. We’ll see you on the worksite!

Remembering and Committing to Workplace Safety – Day of Mourning 2020

Every year we take this day and a moment of silence to remember those who have been injured or have lost their lives due to a workplace incident and every year there are a number of workers affected by occupational health illnesses that are not shelved, but also not the main focus.

During this pandemic, the Day of Mourning has taken on a different perspective, a different meaning as frontline workers are being affected. Those workers who choose not to see their children or families in order to protect them and still do their jobs. Those workers who could be exposed to a virus that can affect everyone around them. Those workers who are no longer working and are affected and impacted due to depression, financial struggles, and mental health issues.

We have implemented protocols, programs, and procedures to ensure our people are safer and can protect their health while continuing to work, but there are a number of affected workers without the basic PPE to keep themselves safe. We don’t work in healthcare, emergency services, or in the general public, yet they affect our ability to be healthy and safe in the event of a serious incident or illness.

We at Northern Mat & Bridge can limit our exposure, and mitigate the possibility of catching a virus or other viruses; but if even one of us does catch it and comes to work; it has the potential to affect us all and all of our families. Even then we don’t know what the future holds for us which can greatly affect our own mental health and when we are working, that alone can distract us from focusing on what we need to do to stay healthy and safe.

Background

  • Injuries and deaths in the workplace continue to be a matter of important concern across Canada. Many Canadians and especially Northern Mat & Bridge work hard each day in an effort to minimize incidents.
  • Risk is an inherent element of our jobs, and this is why safety is one of the core values in our company. Since its inception, the observance of the Day of Mourning has spread to over 80 countries around the world.
  • The date 28 April was picked because on that day in 1914, the Workers Compensation Act received its third reading. In 2001 the International Labour Organization first observed World Day for Safety and Health at Work on this day. Commemorating those who have been hurt or killed in the workplace. This shows respect for the fallen, while serving as a reminder of the importance of occupational health and safety.

The Day of Mourning is only one day out of 365; that we could be exposed to or involved in a serious or fatal incident or illness and that is all it takes. One moment, of one day to change our lives and our families lives forever.

My message to you on this day of memorial is that every day, is the day to work safely, protect your health, and ensure you are mentally able to complete your job and go home healthy and safe. In times of uncertainty we make choices we otherwise wouldn’t, we as workers are more apt to take short cuts and justify the decision in our own minds. The thought that if we are more productive, working harder and faster, adding a few extra mats to a load, dropping the required number of straps, operating under a power line without a spotter, throwing extra boards or increasing the speed of the line at the plant to meet a quota is somehow okay and will make you stand out as a go getter. Those are the times when we are more likely to have an incident, those are the times that someone may not make it home or may not make it home in one piece.

On this important, very relevant day remember that one day of memorial is not enough to prevent a fatality or serious workplace injury. It is every day that we need to work safely and remember those who have lost their lives, their family members, their friends and co-workers. It is every day that we need to commit to learning from those who have sacrificed their lives. It is every day that we need to care about each other and it is every day that we need to take care of each other at work and at home. Our actions, culture and beliefs directly impact everyone around us and our ability to be healthy and safe.

Very few people we work with can say that this day of life altering tragedies has not touched them in some way. Today is the day to renew our commitment, to renew our goals, and to remember all of those who have sacrificed to make our workplaces safer for today.

Please join us in holding a minute of silence for those that we have lost and those that have lost a loved one or a co-worker

Written and Presented to all Northern Mat & Bridge Staff on April 28th by:

Kelley Winter, National HSE Manager

NMB COVID-19 Memo

As Canada and the world contends with the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Northern Mat & Bridge (NMB) would like to reassure you that the Health, Safety and well-being of our employees, clients, contractors and their families is our top priority.

Northern Mat & Bridge’s safety program commits to protecting our employees, clients, subcontractors, visitors, the public and the environment.  We are doing so by actively monitoring and adapting to the COVID-19 developments through information from local health agencies, the different levels of governments across the country and the World Health Organization, as they collectively work to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Northern Mat and Bridge would like to let everyone know that we are fully operational, but also assure our clients that we have taken a number of precautions and set in place a mitigation plan to deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Northern Mat & Bridge has:

  • Initiated a tracking and reporting program for any employees that have traveled outside of the country, have had contact with other individuals returning from other countries, or are showing signs of illness to ensure they are self-isolating for 14 days
  • Kept employees and contractors informed through regular COVID-19 updates on protecting themselves and those around them, including hygiene and social distancing.
  • Cancelled all conferences and non-essential travel until further notice
  • Made arrangements for our employees in 14 day self isolation to work remotely from home, including remote, online training programs for our field employees, with the goal that none of our team is impacted financially
  • Restricted access to all of our offices and facilities to the general public and our own staff who are not based in those facilities
  • Practiced social distancing in all facilities through adjustments in work flow processes and moving to tele and video conferencing
  • Adjusted Tool Box Safety meetings where they will be read verbally to the site crews by the supervisor
  • Adopted additional cleaning and sanitizing protocols to have our operators clean their equipment controls, door handles e before and after each shift to reduce any potential spread of the virus.
  • Developed and tested remote work from home processes for all back end staff to facilitate a seamless transition in paper flow should office closures be warranted

All these measures are being taken with health and safety as our top priority, for continued project execution to our clients. NMB will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make informed decisions and adjustments to our policies and mitigation plans as we see necessary. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.

Scott Henderson

President

CAWIC and Northern Mat & Bridge LP

 

 

Northern Mat & Bridge LP is a growing organization of 7 offices spread across the country that are committed to safety, ongoing education and advancement to all of employees, fostering the benefits of working in a positive and productive work environment. We’re excited to announce our sponsorship and support of the Canadian Association of Women in Construction!

“The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) is a not-for-profit organization with the mandate to facilitate the long term success of women in Canada’s construction related fields such as general contracting, trades, building products, architecture, engineering, interior design, and professional services. To accomplish this, CAWIC is in the process of developing and implementing a variety of programs and services for women in construction-related fields including, but not limited to, the following:”

  • Affiliate programs
  • Bursary programs
  • Community outreach programs
  • Educational seminars and workshops
  • Fund raising
  • Industry research and information exchange
  • Liaison with industry, educational institutions, and trade and professional associations
  • Mentoring programs
  • Networking events
  • Press releases

For more information on CAWIC and how the they continue to enhance the success of women in construction you can read more here: http://www.cawic.ca/

Our products and people, have made us one of the top Small & Medium Businesses in Canada to work for. We continue to explore ways to extend our brand in collaboration with associations that mirror our beliefs, working to achieve common goals. We are proud to be a Gold Member of The Canadian Association of Women in Construction. An association, geared towards inspiring and elevating Women in the Construction industry. We look forward to building a strong relationship with the CAWIC in years to come!

For more information on our relationship with CAWIC or on how you can get involved, please check out: http://www.cawic.ca/page-494144#.XmKkh6hKg2w

U-15 Dawson Creek Curling Champions!

Other than hockey, name a sport ingrained so deeply into the roots of our youth growing up in the North?

Dawson’s Creek U15 Junior Team Patterson would clearly choose Curling and for good reason!

From January 10 – 12th in Sexsmith Alberta, the final round of the Pomeroy Inn & Suites Curling Tour took place. Supported by Northern Mat & Bridge LP and Enbridge, the team lead by Skip Casey Patterson cruised by to win the Peace Country Crown at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites Curling Tour – Lake View Credit Union Junior Division! What makes this accomplishment even more satisfying for the team? It was their first time playing together as a team!

Next up for the team are the Provincial Qualifiers, hosted again in Dawson Creek from February 28 – March 1st. With a victory in the qualifiers, Team Patterson could see themselves at the U-15 Alberta Provincial Curling Championships in Rocky Mountain House from April 2 – 5th, 2020.

We want to wish Team Patterson and all the other competitors the best of luck at their upcoming competitions.

Northern Mat & Bridge LP awarded one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers for 2019

April 12, 2019 – Today, Northern Mat & Bridge LP (NMB) was named one of Canada’s 100 Top Small & Medium Employers for 2019! This is the first time NMB has be awarded this achievement.

This award is part of the of the Canada’s Top 100 Project run by Mediacorp Canada Inc. (Mediacorp) and showcases the nation’s most innovate smaller employers and recognizes their outstanding achievements in creating exceptional and industry-leading workplaces. Winners were announced in a special edition magazine published in the Globe and Mail. The 100 winning workplaces are not ranked in any order.

Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that offer the nations best workplaces and forward thinking human resource policies. Employers are evaluated by using these 8 criteria factors.

  1. Physical Workplace,
  2. Work Atmosphere & Social
  3. Health, Financial, & Family Benefits
  4. Vacation & Time Off
  5. Employee Communications
  6. Performance Management
  7. Training & Skills Development; and
  8.  Community Involvement

To determine eligibility , the Top 100 editors follow the SME definition used by Statistics Canada, limiting the competition to private-sector companies with under 500 employees.

The highlights of Northern Mat & Bridge LP award includes:

  • Northern Mat and Bridge LP invests in ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for job-related courses and offers a variety of in-house and online training programs, including apprenticeship opportunities
  • Northern Mat and Bridge LP provides a variety of financial benefits, including profit-sharing and year-end bonuses for all, signing bonuses for some, generous referral bonuses , and matching RRSP contributions
  • Northern Mat and Bridge LP organizes a variety of social events throughout the year, including a golf tournament, Christmas Week Extravaganza, Christmas parties, a family skate event and a bowling night

“They involve your whole family here,” says Northrup, a husband and the father of two daughters, nine and 13. “We have family skates and pot-luck dinners. At Thanksgiving, the company gives each employee a turkey. At Christmas, there’s a party, and each kid gets a present. They even give our wives a gift.”

To read our full write-up please visit: Northern Mat & Bridge SME Award

Interested in working for Northern Mat & Bridge? Please visit our careers page on our website! For up to date NMB and industry news, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

About Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Founded in 1992, Mediacorp Canada Inc. is the nation’s largest publisher of employment periodicals. Since 1999, the company has managed the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, which includes 19 regional and special-interest editorial competitions that reach over 15 million Canadians annually through a variety of magazine and newspaper partners. Mediacorp also operates Eluta.ca, the largest Canadian job search engine, which includes editorial reviews from the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and is used by seven million Canadians annually. Mediacorp also hosts the Top Employer Summit, Canada’s largest conference for senior-level HR professionals.

For Further Information, please contact:
Braydon Ouellet, Sales & Marketing
bouellet@northernmat.ca
1-780-538-4135