Every employer has a story to tell. Those featured here in our case studies have attained COR – or are in the process of it. Their lessons learned can help you on your own journey.
Congratulations to Trimac Transportation Limited for achieving Certificate of Recognition (COR) status and winning two COR Achievement of Excellence Awards: “Large Employer – General Trucking” and “Best Overall” categories for 2014. Established in 1945, Trimac is one of the largest bulk carriers in North America.
“Being recognized as a safety leader is very important to Trimac. ‘Service With Safety’ has been our company commitment and motto since day one,” says Ross Driver, Manager of Safety, Service, & Security for Trimac Canada’s Dry Bulk Product Line.
“Receiving these COR Achievement awards is validation of all the hard work and effort of every employee at Trimac to put our company in a position of safety, service, and performance leadership in the delivery of bulk transportation, logistics, and related transportation services.”
Ross and the Trimac management team entered BC’s SafetyDriven COR Program with much experience from Alberta, where Trimac has been COR certified for many years through the Alberta Motor Transport Association.
In 2010, a group of Waste Management senior leaders, operations, and district and safety managers discussed the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program. The COR program is a nationally recognized audit, certification and incentive program, rewarding employers that go beyond the legal requirements of the Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation. Waste Management had a strong safety program but we believed our staff would benefit from program improvements. By taking the COR “best practice” approach to implementing our injury prevention and injury management programs, we would take our safety program to the next level.
The Waste Management British Columbia operations hauling site opened in 1972. Waste Management offers comprehensive recycling and solid waste services to meet the unique needs of our customers and the communities we serve. We have over 400 employees and serve 13,310 residential and 15,454 commercial customers.
Employee safety is our highest priority. Safety is essential at Waste Management, for our employees, customers and the success of our business. Therefore, in 2010, we adopted Mission to Zero™.
When your reputation depends on an impeccable safety record, you work even harder to improve your processes and procedures.
That’s exactly what the safety team did at T-Lane Transportation & Logistics – led by safety supervisor Genevieve Francoeur and safety officer Cathie Palmer. The Mission-based company achieved dual Certificates of Recognition (COR) in Occupational Health & Safety and Injury Management/Return to Work, designated May 3, 2012 by its Certifying Partner, the Trucking Safety Council of B.C.
I had been familiar with the COR program from my days working in Alberta, and when I found out it was being rolled out in BC, I jumped at the chance to get certified. Our company was already on the road to improving, not only our safety performance, but the culture as well, and teaming up with the TSCBC to get COR was a natural progression to the work we had already done.
My initial introduction to the team was overwhelmingly positive and they did not disappoint us with their willingness to make sure we succeeded. Along with the support from our senior management we all worked towards one goal, and a year later celebrated our certification.
In June of 2013, Inland Kenworth achieved a Certificate of Recognition through the Trucking Safety Council of BC. The Certificate of Recognition, or COR, acknowledges the long established truck dealership’s commitment to workplace safety. The Inland Group is a privately owned company that operates 22 truck and equipment dealerships throughout British Columbia, the Yukon, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. The group employs approximately 1,080 people, and is the 2nd largest Kenworth Truck dealership group in North America.
In 2010, Inland engaged with WorksafeBC’s Focus On Safety program to help identify opportunities to improve safety attitudes and practices. Judy Cox, a long time Inland employee, agreed to take on a leadership role as Corporate Health & Safety Advisor. Through Judy’s energy and passion, Inland’s existing policies and procedures were overhauled in its Canadian and USA operations, and several initiatives implemented. As a result, Inland’s Risk Control Assessment score in the USA improved by 10%, and the company was well prepared to achieve a Certificate of Recognition in BC.
Congratulations on achieving COR Certification!!!
In preparing for COR certification, Whistler Transit Ltd., a division of Pacific Western Transportation, assessed various certifying partners and saw a natural partnership with the Trucking Safety Council of British Columbia (TSCBC). According to Mark Conklin, Director of Safety for PW Transportation, “The TSCBC team offered assistance in helping us prepare for the audit and was there for us along the way to answer any questions we had. By working with members of the TSCBC and the contracted auditor, we were able to achieve COR certification with all Pacific Western Transportation operations in the province of BC.”
“The partnership between the TSCBC and Pacific Western Transportation was a natural one as we share the view that safety is critical to the success of transportation operations”, stated Conklin.