Provincial cabinet sign Jerseys of Courage for health and safety

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With Jerseys of Courage: (From left) Craig Lesurf, Walsh Canada; OGCA president Clive Thurston; Labour Minister Kevin Flynn; and safety advocate Rob Ellis, from MySafeWork.

GTA Construction Report staff writer

The Ontario General Contractors’ Association (OGCA) and workplace safety advocate Rob Ellis took the safety message to Queens Park June 22 for a meeting with the provincial cabinet, where Labour Minister Kevin Flynn, Premier Kathleen Wynne and other cabinet ministers joined in signing the Jersey of Courage.

Ellis and OGCA president Clive Thurston spoke briefly to the cabinet before the jersey signing in support of the Health and Safety Charter, founded on the “principle that the effective management and championship of health and safety is essential to the operation of a successful business,” according to Ellis’s mysafework.com website.

“Front line leaders, supervisors, management and senior executives are all encourage to support the organization’s safety vision by the singing of the Employee Safety Charter hockey jerseys.”

The Employee Safety Charter principles are:

  1. Everyone can personally participate in improving safety performance to meet world class standards.
  2. Everyone can work together to find new ideas and innovations for safety strategies.
  3. Everyone is responsible for transferring knowledge and experience to the next generation and families in local communities.

“If everyone in the organization continues to seek and improve their workplace environment they will have a direct impact on reducing risks to all workers, reduce costs and produce better products. Everyone wins when the commitment to success is made by every level of the organization.”

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