Awards Occupational Health and Safety

The Canadian electricity industry is one of the safest maintenance, operation, and construction-related industries. The CEA recognizes Excellence for Employee Safety and Safety Excellence.

Recipients

For more than 30 years, CEA has tracked and monitored the safety records of its member utilities and recognized their achievements through the annual CEA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

CEA Lifesaving Awards

Introduced in 1922, these awards are granted annually to any employee of a CEA member utility who was involved in a lifesaving attempt or acted to prevent further harm to someone who needed immediate help.

NameCompanyDescription
Torben Larson
Ryan Malcolm
BC Hydro

Ryan Malcolm and Torben Larsen were traveling back to BC Hydro’s Nanaimo office when they were stopped in the street by someone in need of assistance. Sensing this was serious, they followed to a ground floor apartment where they found an unconscious male.
Torben immediately phoned 911 and Ryan ran to his vehicle to grab his first aid kit. The male was not breathing but had a pulse. Ryan provided artificial respiration while Torben monitored his vitals after assisting with the 911 call.
Torben and Ryan put the patient in a resting position then waited for first responders to take over. He was then taken to the hospital.
Torben and Ryan are humble in the praise for their actions, and say they would expect many others would have taken the same action had they been in the same situation. It was also very fortunate that they had the appropriate training and experience to respond.
The courage to stop and respond to a stranger’s call for help led to a life being saved. A prime example of everyday heroism.

Steve Angrignon
Jason Moore
Sven Svenson
Adam Turnbull
BC Hydro

BC Hydro employees Martin & Nancy, en route to the Seven Mile (SEV) generating station, discovered a member of the public had suffered a cardiac arrest on the Seven Mile Dam road in a location with no cell coverage. They notified SEV First Aiders and an admin staff, Leanne, who then called 911.
Jason, Sven, Adam & Steve took the ETV and an AED to provide critical lifesaving first aid until the paramedics were able to arrive at the site
The four men discovered that the individual had no pulse and was not breathing and they were able to re-establish both shortly after arriving. Leanne updated the paramedics based on radio communication with the SEV First Aiders that were treating the individual.
This was critical because the unresponsive/no pulse/no breathing assessment requires a different paramedic crew to be dispatched and is critical to improving the individual’s chance of survival. After several weeks in the hospital the member of the public has returned to his family and made a full recovery.
The teamwork and skills of this crew saved this person’s life, and we are pleased to recognize their heroism today.

Dave Poisson
Michael Skidmore
BC Hydro

Dave Poisson and Michael Skidmore were travelling on Barnet Highway to their worksite, they noticed a vehicle upside-down in a ditch.
They saw a man trapped inside but not moving and pulled over to help. They called out to him but he didn’t respond. After assessing the situation and deeming it safe, they entered the vehicle through the back doors as the front doors were not accessible. They spoke to the man but he still did not respond.
Dave then noticed that the man was wearing a medic-alert necklace that identified the man as speech impaired. The trapped driver did indicate to Dave that he was okay by raising his thumb. They informed him of their first aid training, and of their first-aid kit and AED in their vehicle.
This lifesaving action of Dave and Michael in giving assistance while waiting for first responders to arrive, no doubt offered the victim of the crash assurance of his safety during a scary time.

Ryan Steinhaessuer
George St. Amant
Saskpower

Ryan and George are members of the Tisdale Volunteer Fire Department.
On Friday April 6th, 2018 they, along with other members of the Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call to a motor vehicle incident 15 minutes north of Tisdale.
They were one of the very first to arrive to the tragic bus crash that involved the Humboldt Bronco's hockey team and a semi-trailer.
Being first responders and realizing the magnitude of the incident they immediately and instinctively began pulling personnel from the decimated bus.
They assisted in getting survivors to the ambulance to transport to the Tisdale and Nipawin Hospitals.

Dion Riddoch
Chris Wilson
Fortis Alberta

In the early morning hours of Oct 3, 2017 in Red Deer County, Dion and Chris had just started on their way to support storm restoration efforts when they came across an accident involving semi truck and small car.
Turning on their truck's strobe lights, they blocked off the eastbound lane so they could safely attend to the crash victims. Inside the car, the driver was in extreme distress, pinned between the steering wheel and the seat.
After asking a bystander to call 911, the pair used their safety training to keep the victim as calm as possible as they waited.
When paramedics arrived, Dion and Chris safely broke the passenger side window to enable medical entry to the vehicle. They were asked to stay, holding flashlights and giving support until the seriously injured driver was safely removed.
The two linemen also cleared the road of car debris to prevent further damage or accidents.
Their lifesaving skills and quick thinking to keep the road safe helped the victims of a serious crash to remain calm and readied for the arrival of the paramedics.

Mike Land BC Hydro

On July 14, 2017 there was a major accident at 9:30 a.m. on Hwy 1 westbound in Langley, BC, involving four large trucks. The highway was closed for nine hours. A BC Hydro employee’s wife was in the traffic backlog but within visual distance of where the accident occurred.
She witnessed Mike stopping and getting out of his vehicle, clearing the road of debris (pallets) and then helping direct traffic to clear some of the backlog.
This lifesaving action of Mike helped to prevent any further collisions and potential injury by creating a safety zone and controlling traffic around the crash scene prior to first responders arriving.

2018 CEA President’s Award of Excellence for Employee Safety – Generation

Recognizing the safety performance of CEA Utility Members who generate electricity.

 

The following companies are in the top quartile for both All Injury/Illness Frequency and Lost-Time Injury Severity Rates.

AwardCompanyConsecutive Years Won
Group 1 TransCanada
Group 2 Capital Power Corporation
Group 3 Ontario Power Generation

2018 CEA President’s Award of Excellence for Employee Safety — Transmission

Recognizing the safety performance of CEA Utility Members who transmit electricity.

 

The following companies are in the top quartile for both All Injury/Illness Frequency and Lost-Time Injury Severity Rates.

AwardCompanyConsecutive Years Won
Group 1 Maritime Electric
AltaLink Group 2 AltaLink
Group 3 Manitoba Hydro

2018 CEA President’s Award of Excellence for Employee Safety — Distribution

Recognizing the safety performance of CEA Utility Members who distribute electricity.

 

The following companies are in the top quartile for both All Injury/Illness Frequency and Lost-Time Injury Severity Rates.

AwardCompanyConsecutive Years Won
Saint John Energy Group 1 Saint John Energy
Group 2 Saskpower
Toronto Hydro Corporation Group 3 Toronto Hydro

2018 Individual Leadership in Safety Award

This Award is reserved for an individual that has gone above and beyond in their efforts to create a safer environment for all Canadian Utility workers.

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Nominate someone for a Lifesaving Award

Introduced in 1922, these awards are granted annually to any employee of a CEA member company who was involved in a lifesaving attempt or who acted to prevent further harm to someone who was injured or in need of immediate help.