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2002 Safest Mill in Canada


March 1, 2003
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Since 1926, Pulp & Paper Canada has been awarding the shield of safety to Canadian mills that promote safety in the workplace. This year, we are proud to sponsor the Safest Mill in Canada contest once…

Since 1926, Pulp & Paper Canada has been awarding the shield of safety to Canadian mills that promote safety in the workplace. This year, we are proud to sponsor the Safest Mill in Canada contest once again, and are very happy to announce the top five mills in each category with the least number of injuries/accidents.

The top winners in the three categories will join past recipients who received the special shield to hang in their respective mills for a year.

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P&PC is in the process of improving the contest criteria for the coming year. Your input and suggestions are valuable to us, and we ask that you send it to info@pulpandpapercanada.com.

Our sincere congratulations to all, not only for winning, but also for promoting safety first and foremost!

Tembec Spruce Falls: Pride in safety

At Tembec Spruce Falls Paper Group in Kapuskasing, ON, winning the Safety Mill – Categorie B contest is not only the pride of the mill and its employees, but of the whole community as well.

“We invited the community and local media at the presentation of the shield and plaque,” said Ric Poulin, manager of Human Resources. “The award was received very positively and everyone was sending their congratulations to the employees.”

The award is the fruit of the employees’ cooperation and the hard work of the health and safety committee at Tembec Spruce Falls.

“The committee is very involved and has devoted so much in the development of the safety program in the mill.”

How Norampac beat the odds for safety

Knowing how important safety is in the workplace, employees of Norampac Inc., Trenton, ON, are very proud to have earned the Safest Mill – Category C award for the year 2002 specially as they celebrated 75 years of operation, from 1927 to 2002.

“At the beginning of 2001, in the companies of the group, there are too many accidents, too many injuries, and too many dangerous events,” said Laurent Lemaire, president and CEO of Cascades. “It is unacceptable for a company whose philosophy is based on respect for the employees.”

The Cascades group held two major symposiums in 2001 with senior management from all groups committing to take action to be industry leaders in all facets of the business, including safety.

Norampac took that direction and over the past two years have actively committed to work as a unit to reduce incidents and accidents. With help from all employees, supervisors, the management group, and particularly the Joint Health and Safety Committee, the company focused not only on safety but the health of the employees. They managed to reduce strains and sprains and have committed to educating the workforce on healthy work practices.

The employees at the mill all share a commitment to safety. The people that are in a position to provide action and make the changes happen have been empowered to do so.

Safest Mills in Canada

InjuriesPayroll HoursFrequency Rate
CATEGORY A – OVER 100,000 MANHOURS PER MONTH
Bowater Newsprint Division, Thunder Bay, ON02,416,6500.00
Domtar Inc., Espanola, ON11,565,3240.64
Kimberly-Clark Inc., Terrace Bay, ON31,269,1762.36
NorskeCanada, Elk Falls, BC62,028,1082.96
Abitibi-Consolidated Inc., Fort Frances, ON51,406,6533.55
CATEGORY B – 50,000 to 100,000 MANHOURS PER MONTH
Tembec Spruce Falls Paper Group, Kapuskasing, ON01,179,0320.00
Abitibi-Consolidated Inc., Iroquois Falls, ON0817,3980.00
Weldwood of Canada Limited, Hinton, AB11,129,2860.89
Canadian Forest Products, PG Mill, Prince George, BC1774,4171.29
Cariboo Pulp & Paper, Quesnel, BC1727,2171.38
CATEGORY C – LESS THAN 50,000 MANHOURS PER MONTH
Norampac Inc., Trenton, ON0268,5420.00
Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., Whitecourt, AB0263,0820.00
Canadian Forest Products, Intercon Mill, Prince George, BC1574,8551.73
EMCO Building Products Ltd., Edmonton, AB1474,0322.11
Marathon Pulp Inc., Marathon, ON2559,6833.57

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