Golden moment as DCC recognized as one of Canada’s safest employers

DCC has been named one of Canada’s safest employers for the second year in a row.

DCC’s Health and Safety and Hazard Prevention Program won the 2016 Gold Award (public sector category) in the competition sponsored by Canadian Occupational Safety, topping its 2015 Silver medal win.

Teamwork was among the keys to success, says National Health and Safety Coordinator Scott McRae, who works at CFB Kingston, Ontario. “Our network of health and safety professionals across the country meet by teleconference once a month to exchange information and develop consistent messages.”

Indeed, the award builds on DCC’s long history of approaching health and safety as a positive attribute of its work. “It can be a challenging topic at times,” McRae says, “but I’ve seen in my 10 years here that we’ve always been encouraged to speak up about health and safety, to find untapped resources and figure out ways to do things better.”

DCC Vice-President, Operations, Daniel Benjamin, and Scott McRae, National Health and Safety Coordinator

To that end, DCC’s involvement with industry caught the judges’ attention. DCC actively works with even the smallest contractors—which often do not have the resources to develop a full-blown health and safety program—to ensure they can meet project health and safety requirements. “Openness is a cornerstone of DCC,” McRae notes. “By embedding ourselves in the local safety community, we can help industry get the right policies and programs in place and make opportunities more widely available.”

DCC’s program was highlighted in a short video featuring DCC employees including our CEO, James Paul, during the recognition ceremony in Toronto on October 24, 2016, at which Vice-President, Operations, Daniel Benjamin (right) and McRae accepted the award on behalf of DCC.


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