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2019 Safest Mill in Canada winners announced


April 13, 2020
By Kristina Urquhart
Kristina Urquhart

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Pictured from left: Bruno Sonier, Woodyard, and Sylvain Bricault, general manager, both of Domtar Windsor mill, which won Pulp & Paper Canada's Safest Mill Category A award in 2018, 2017 and 2016. Photo courtesy DomtarPictured from left: Bruno Sonier, wood yard, and Sylvain Bricault, general manager, both of Domtar's mill in Windsor, Que. Domtar Windsor has won Pulp & Paper Canada's Safest Mill Category A award since 2016. Photo courtesy Domtar

Pulp & Paper Canada is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Safest Mill in Canada contest, now in its 94th year.

Since 1926, Pulp & Paper Canada has benchmarked mills that achieve an outstanding safety record in our annual ranking of the lowest total recordable incident rates (mill frequency).

In the event of ties, the mills are ranked by the most to least worker hours.

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This past year, we had two Category A mills tie for first place in mill frequency – but Domtar’s Windsor, Quebec mill retains our winners’ plaque for having the most hours logged.

Congratulations to them and to all of our participating mills for committing to safe practices in 2019!

Find the winners below and the full list in our Spring 2020 issue.

CATEGORY A (Over 80,000 worker hours per month)

Domtar Inc., Windsor, Que.
Total recordable incidents: 5
Total hours worked: 1,654,908
Mill frequency: 0.60

Resolute Forest Products, Thunder Bay, Ont.
Total recordable incidents: 3
Total hours worked: 1,002,545
Mill frequency: 0.60

What is the biggest lesson your mill has learned about safety? “Understand the context of an event to put effective measures in place.” – Domtar Windsor

CATEGORY B (Between 50,000 to 80,000 worker hours per month)

Resolute Forest Products, Alma, Que.
Total recordable incidents: 1
Total hours worked: 711,971
Mill frequency: 0.28

What is the biggest lesson your mill has learned about safety? “Listening to our employees [and] getting them involved in all aspects of our safety program, from program development to delivery of training. They are our most valuable resource when it comes to safety.” – Sonoco Brantford

CATEGORY C (Less than 50,000 worker hours per month)

Resolute Forest Products, Baie-Comeau, Que.
Total recordable incidents: 0
Total hours worked: 536,554
Mill frequency: 0.00

What is the biggest lesson your mill has learned about safety? “Past practice does not mean safe practice – just because that is how we have always done it doesn’t mean that is the right way to complete the job.” – Rayonier Advanced Materials

See the full list of 2019 Safest Mill in Canada winners in our Spring 2020 issue. 

To participate in the 2020 contest, email me for rules and reporting forms.


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2 Comments » for 2019 Safest Mill in Canada winners announced
  1. Richard Anstett says:

    How long has the Powell River Mill been closed?

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