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WINNIPEG - The inaugural SAFE Work Awards were presented today, recognizing employers and workers who have demonstrated success or innovation in making their workplaces safer.

Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) and the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) developed the SAFE Work Awards program to recognize individuals and groups who demonstrate ongoing commitment to making our workplaces and province safer and healthier.

"Every worker has a right to a safe and healthy workplace and every family has a right to see their loved one come home from work at the end of the day," says Minister of Family Services and Labour, Jennifer Howard. "Our goal is to make Manitoba a prevention leader and I am proud to be recognizing the efforts of individuals and workplaces that stand at the forefront of workplace safety and health in our province."

Today, awards were presented to four individuals or groups in recognition of their role in making workplaces safer. The winners included:

  • Jaret Olford, Museum Manager, Children’s Museum -- Employer Safety Award
  • Edward Utko, Safety Committee Member and Production Supervisor, Paramount Windows -- Worker Safety Award
  • Brent Helgeson, Town Superintendent, Town of Gillam -- Safety and Health Professional Award
  • Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM) -- Safety Group Award

"The WCB's support of the SAFE Work Awards reflects our mission of promoting safe and healthy workplaces and contributes to building a culture of safety and health in Manitoba," says WCB President and CEO, Winston Maharaj. "Through these awards, we can recognize the individuals and organizations who are leading the way in workplace safety initiatives and prevention."

The SAFE Work Awards were presented during North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week, when organizations raise awareness of the importance of preventing injuries and illness in the workplace.

The SAFE Work strategy is a joint initiative of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba and Workplace Safety and Health to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses through promotion, protection and education.

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