TORONTO—CRH Canada Group Inc. Dufferin Aggregates – Flamboro Quarry is the recipient of the 2021 Safety Innovation Award presented by the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (OSSGA).
The award was presented at OSSGA’s 2022 Annual Conference held recently in Toronto.
Introduced in 2020, the award recognizes innovative practices, programs and projects in Ontario’s aggregate industry and honours innovations that improve the health and safety of employees, subcontractors and the public in the areas of OHS management systems, health and safety training, wellness programs and culture, indicates a release.
The award was presented for the Headbox Modification project which included the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) of Amar Khan, Dale Arnold, Paul Sardella, Odette Palis and Neil Woodcock.
“The innovation came about when the JHSC team discussed concerns regarding clearing material jams from the headbox,” states a release. “The usual procedure involved climbing onto the belt to access the headbox. The team at the Flamboro Quarry worked with Sovereign Fusion to engineer a solution that allowed workers to access the jam in the headbox safely by adding a lockable gate. Through Safe Work Procedure review and collaboration with the JHSC, a common Working at Heights risk was eliminated while ultimately improving plant performance and efficiencies.”
Honourable mentions were also given to:
- CRH Canada Group Inc. Dufferin Aggregates – Flamboro Quarry Project: Installation of additional platforms with guardrails to the fines screen platform to eliminate working at heights risk.
- CRH Canada Group Inc. Dufferin Aggregates – Millcreek Pit Project: Implementation of an electric belt cutter as a safer replacement for knives for cutting/splicing conveyor belts and rubber skirting.
- CRH Canada Group Inc. Dufferin Aggregates – Teedon Pit Project: Installation of a hand railing to allow employees to access the flume chute safely, avoiding working at heights.
- CRH Canada Group Inc. Dufferin Aggregates – Teedon Pit Project: Improved traffic flow and avoiding truck lineups by relocating overload area, creating a dedicated tarping area, and relocating parking area to prevent pedestrians from walking into traffic.
“We encourage each member to strive for excellence in their operations, to be sound stewards of the lands on which they operate, and to be engaged and valued members of their community,” said Norm Cheesman, executive director of the OSSGA, in a statement. “All of OSSGA’s 2021 Industry Recognition Award winners have gone far above our expectations.”
For more information on the Industry Recognition Awards Program visit ossga.com/awards.