The safest pulp and paper mills in Canada last year were Domtar’s Windsor, Que., pulp and paper mill, Resolute Forest Products’ Thunder Bay, Ont., operation, and Resolute’s paper mill in Amos, Que.
These three are the winning facilities in Pulp & Paper Canada’s Safest Mills in Canada contest.
Domtar’s Windsor site is a frequent winner in the Class A category, for mills with more than 80,000 manhours per month. This year, the mill achieved a recordable incident frequency of 0.93 for 1,497,485 hours worked. Taking second place in this category is Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries.
The Resolute Forest Products mills have generally ranked at the top of their categories in recent years. For 2013, the crew at Thunder Bay took top honors in the B Class, for mills that record between 50,000 and 80,000 manhours per month. The Thunder Bay mill reported an incident frequency of 0.94 on 850,544 manhours last year. Ranked second and third in this category were Weyerhaeuser in Grande Prairie, Alta., and Resolute Forest Products, Alma, Que.
In Class C, mills that operate less than 50,000 manhours per month, the winner was Resolute’s Amos mill, in Quebec. This newsprint mill had zero recordable incidents over the course of 334,791 manhours in 2013.
Resolute’s Thorold, Ont., site and Sonoco Canada Corp. in Brantford, Ont., also had zero incidents in 2013. They placed second and third in the C Class.
Complete results of the Safest Mill in Canada contest are available in the March/April issue of Pulp & Paper Canada, and online in the digital edition of March/April at www.pulpandpapercanada.com. Please note a correction to the published listing: the number of recordable incidents at Weyerhaeuser Grande Prairie changed to 4, following the reclassification of a December 2013 incident. The mill’s total frequency should be 0.98 for 2013.