ESA recognizes Ontario’s 2016 leaders in electrical safety
By Anthony Capkun
October 3, 2016 – Congratulations to Eaton Electrical Services & Systems, Birnie Electric, Toronto Hydro and contributors to the Ontario Electrical Safety Report—all winners of a 2016 Ontario Electrical Safety Award from the Electrical Safety Authority… but there are also a few Honourable Mentions. ESA tells us more about the winners…
Eaton Electrical Services & Systems was recognized for its dedication to worker safety through the development of the “I Choose Safety” program to achieve a goal of zero lost-time injuries, and improve overall worker safety in their workplace and homes. The program includes mentor training programs for new-hires and ongoing health & safety education to foster a strong safety culture. (Worker Safety award)
Birnie Electric was recognized for its ongoing CurrentSAFE program, which educates homeowners about the dangers of degraded electrical systems and suggests solutions to address electrical hazards. (Consumer & Home Safety award)
Toronto Hydro was recognized for its media event educating consumers on what to do should a powerline fall on their cars. The utility partnered with Toronto Fire Services to create a mock accident scene using a car and a hydro pole, and showed how to safely evacuate the vehicle in the event the downed wires started a fire. (Powerline Safety award)
“Having live wires come down on your car is not a common occurrence, but knowing how to respond correctly can mean the difference between life and death,” said Tori Gass Toronto Hydro spokesperson. “We also want to thank Toronto Fire Services for helping to host a very realistic demonstration, making the event a real success.”
Various contributors to the Ontario Electrical Safety Report (OESR) were selected for the Chief Public Safety Officer’s (ESA’s Scott Saint) Special Recognition Award for their ongoing commitment to sharing integral safety and incident data. Contributors include the Office of the Chief Coroner, Ministry of Labour, Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, and the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board.
New this year, ESA presented Honourable Mention distinctions to two safety partners: Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) for its efforts to ensure the amendment for the expansion of arc fault circuit interrupters in the CE Code; and Fermar Paving Ltd. for the development and implementation of a safety program requiring a box buzzer system to be installed on all dump trucks entering their worksites.
—Photos courtesy ESA.