British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

September 11, 2008 09:00 ET

BC Safety Authority Seeking Safety Champions

Nominations Open for Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety 2008

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2008) - British Columbians have until Sept. 29 to nominate outstanding candidates for the fourth annual Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety.

Presented by the BC Safety Authority, the Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Public Safety are comprised of three awards: one for lifetime achievement to an individual, and two for exceptional contributions to public safety in British Columbia for both an individual and an organization. Award recipients will be honoured at a luncheon to be held at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre on Nov. 26.

Awards will be presented to an individual and/or an organization that demonstrates the highest standards of safety for British Columbians. Preference will be given to submissions related to one or more of the industry sectors overseen by the BC Safety Authority, including:

- amusement rides

- recreational railways

- boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration systems

- electrical equipment and systems

- elevating devices such as elevators and escalators

- gas appliances and systems

- hydrogen systems

- passenger ropeways such as ski lifts, and

- railways

"The BC Safety Authority values the many individuals and companies that work tirelessly every day to keep the technical systems we use safe," said Harry Diemer, President & CEO, BC Safety Authority. "The awards honour those exceptional people who have made a difference by always making safety a priority."

Last year, Ronald Thomas Caldwell, Vice-President of Health, Safety and Disability Management for the Mining Association of British Columbia won the Individual Safety Award for creating significant changes that directly affect mining operations which contributed to the mining industry achieving the safest heavy industry record in the province.

BC One Call, a non-profit organization operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, received the Organization Safety Award. The organization provides a one-call system that minimizes the risk associated with accidents involving buried facilities such as pipelines, cables, water and sewage lines, and electrical wires.

Also last year, Don Nelson, Industry and Labour Services Manager, Construction, WorkSafeBC was given the first annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Nelson has worked in construction for all of his working life and has created a construction safety officer program, a traffic control operator program, and was instrumental in putting together a crane operator certification program.

This year's sponsors are (Gold Level) Terasen and Fortis BC; (Silver Level) Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia, BC One Call, Business in Vancouver's Employment Paper, Chevron, Canadian Standards Association, Teck Cominco and WorkSafeBC; (Bronze Level) British Columbia Construction Association, Spectra Energy, Electrical Contractors Association of BC; (Friends of the Event) Electrical Industry Training Institute, Underwriter's Laboratories of Canada, and the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.

Nominations close Sept. 29. For more information on the awards and to obtain a nomination form, visit www.safetyauthority.ca.

The British Columbia Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded corporation that inspires safety excellence in British Columbia by partnering with business, industry, institutions and the general public to enhance the safety of technical systems, products, equipment and work.

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