VANCOUVER — Technical Safety BC recently announced the winners of its 2018 Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards, which recognize organizations and individuals in British Columbia showing leadership, innovation and achievement in technical safety.
The Exceptional Contribution to Technical Safety (Asset Owner) award went to the Upstream Chief Inspectors Association for their work ensuring the safety and integrity of upstream oil and gas facilities through a forum for sharing industry best practices as well as concerns of important issues affecting pressure equipment management.
Canem Systems Ltd. operations manager Dale Risvold was the winner in the Exceptional Contribution to Technical Safety (Contractor) category, for promoting electrical safety through safe electrical installations over the span of an almost 40-year career. The Excellence in Safety and Technical Training award went to GUNN Consultants CEO Eric Peterson for development of training programs for elevator consultants across B.C.
Western Pacific Enterprises Ltd. won in the Data and Digital Technology in Technical Safety award for their use of software to record safety statistics across its worksites and use of data to mitigate reoccurrences.
The Lifetime Achievement award went to Bill Yearwood, who has been the manager of aviation incident investigations for the Transport Safety Board of Canada for 20 years.
“All sectors who conduct investigations have learned from the excellence that Bill demonstrates – not simply his technical abilities to understand cause, but his compassion for everyone involved in these tragedies. Service to the public isn’t separate from him. It’s not what he does — it’s who he is,” Technical Safety BC president and CEO Catherine Roome said in a statement.
Roome expressed admiration for all of this year’s award recipients.
“These are heroes who come to work every day and their job has a component of making sure that a technical piece of equipment is not going to hurt somebody the next day, or the next month or the next year. In championing safety practices and demonstrating leadership in their sectors, they have made an outstanding contribution to the safety of technical systems in British Columbia,” Roome said.
The Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards will be presented on Nov. 7 at Parq Vancouver.