New Westminster, BC, November 14, 2013—Six recipients from multiple technology sectors have been selected to receive BC’s highest safety honour at BC Safety Authority’s 8th annual Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards.
The awards, which will be presented by BC Safety Authority on December 2, 2013, recognize individuals and organizations who demonstrate exceptional leadership, achievement or innovation in the promotion of technical systems safety in BC.
“BC Safety Authority is proud to recognize the outstanding work of these individuals and organizations,” says Catherine Roome, President and CEO of BC Safety Authority. “Their efforts enhance public confidence in safety systems. Whether their passion for safety stems from a catastrophic event, or from years of building on ideas and awakening others to their insights, they are exemplary in their risk awareness. We thank them for sharing BC Safety Authority’s commitment to safe technical systems, everywhere.”
Recipients of the Lieutenant Governor Safety Award are chosen by the Safety Selection Committee, which includes a senior staff member of BC Safety Authority and other respected individuals in the safety system.
2013 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Excellence in Electrical Safety
Brian Cook, PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services
Brian Cook is a licensed electrical contractor and registered electrical field safety representative with over 36 years in the electrical industry. He has published numerous papers on electrical safety and has authored and delivered curriculum on electrical systems at the University of British Columbia. As the founder and president of PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services, Mr. Cook has made significant contributions to electrical safety by working with the home insurance industry to carry out risk assessments of residential electrical systems.
Excellence in Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety
Nechako Green Energy
Vanderhoof-based Nechako Green Energy is the first biomass heat recovery plant in the Canadian forest industry, taking steam waste from the company’s mill operations and turning it into electric power. This innovative technology creates opportunities to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of sawmills, and offers the potential to provide surplus power to new projects in support of economic development in northern communities. Nechako Lumber Company Ltd was one of the first companies to submit a Safety Management Plan under the Alternative Safety Approaches regulation, introduced in April 2011, and is the first company to have its plan accepted by BC Safety Authority They are recipients of BC Hydro’s Powersmart Award and were named Clean Energy BC’s 2012 Project of the Year.
Excellence in Gas Safety
Barry Cavens, Cavens and Associates
Barry Cavens has over 40 years experience as a professional engineer, during which time he has served on numerous provincial and national committees, including CSA and BCSA Technology Advisory Committees. He has contributed his expertise to the development of improved codes and standards in the gas industry in both Canada and the United States. Throughout his career, Mr. Cavens has contributed to the development of emergency response plans for utilities and other organizations and has demonstrated a commitment to gas safety awareness and education initiatives, including the Call Before You Dig program.
Excellence in Elevating Safety
Corrie Archer, Otis Elevator Co.
Corrie Archer is the current chair of the BCSA Elevating Devices Technology Advisory Committee. With almost 40 years of international experience in elevating, he has been actively involved in the development of British Columbia elevating safety codes and standards for the past two decades. Mr. Archer’s commitment to education and training within the elevating industry is evident is his instrumental role in the development and implementation of the Elevating Devices Mechanics Certification Program.
Excellence in Passenger Ropeway Safety
D’Angelo (Danny) Cox, Dan Cox Consulting
Danny Cox is a professional engineer who has worked in the ski lift industry since the 1970s. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in evolving a culture of safety within the industry. As chair of the Z98 Technical Committee, Mr. Cox contributed to the development of significant safety standard changes, and his comprehensive knowledge of ski lift technology and operations has enhanced industry safety in Canada, the United States and Australia. He is currently an independent consultant and contributor to Intrawest’s Global Risk Management efforts.
Excellence in Systems Safety (multi-technology)
Forest Products Manufacturer’s Advisory Group (MAG)
The Forest Product Manufacturer’s Advisory Group (MAG) is an industry group made up of mill operators, representing an estimated 70% of raw wood production in BC. Following two fatal mill explosions in 2012, the group established a task force to better understand and manage risks created by combustible wood dust. MAG has worked collaboratively with regulators, including BCSA, to facilitate compliance with the combustible dust hazard Safety Order and to develop an audit standard. MAG members have demonstrated compliance in their own facilities, and have worked actively to engage non-members in risk reduction efforts. Many MAG members have also initiated plans to extend these safety enhancements and training to their facilities outside BC.
THE AWARDS LUNCHEON
DATE: Monday, December 2, 2013
TIME: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (registration at 10:00 a.m.)
LOCATION: River Rock Casino Resort, Main Show Theatre, Richmond
Tickets to the event are $75 per person or $375 for a table of six guests. A ticket order form may be downloaded from BC Safety Authority’s website at www.safetyauthority.ca/events
The awards are made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: BC Construction Association (silver level)
FortisBC (silver level)
Murphy Oil Company Ltd. (silver level)
Nechako Lumber Co. Ltd. (silver level)
Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (bronze level)
The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists – BC Chapter (bronze level)
BC Electrical Association (bronze level)
The FIOSA MIOSA Safety Alliance of BC (bronze level)
Teck (bronze level)
Black Press (media sponsor)
Vancouver Regional Construction Association (ambassador level)
About BC Safety Authority
BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.
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