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
Roger Pennell Newfoundland Power

It was a very lucky day for 3 victims in a head-on collision that Newfoundland Power employee Roger Pennell was the first person on scene. Roger is a trained volunteer fire fighter with the Newfoundland, Trinity South Central Fire Department who provided heroic efforts to save all travelers. With one vehicle partially submerged, Roger not only provided much-needed reassurance to all 3 victims and stayed at the scene of the collision until the site was cleared 4 hours later but he also provided physical assistance. Roger then aided emergency services with the extraction of the woman from the overturned vehicle which required the jaws of life.

Nick Labadie BC Hydro

Nick Labadie from BC Hydro was on his way to work in Port Alberni when he came upon the scene of two car collision. Upon arrival, with the driver stuck inside, one vehicle burst into flames. Nick, along with two other good Samaritans, rushed towards the flaming pickup truck. After Nick freed the injured driver, the group was able to pull them out the window, narrowly escaping a fatality.

Scott A MacDonald
Tyler Pineau
Maritime Electric

In the wee hours of a frigid December night, Scott A. MacDonald and Tyler Pineau came across a single vehicle accident. After further inspection, they discovered an injured person inside. The Maritime Electric employees immediately called 9-1-1. They performed some first aid, wrapped the individual in additional layers to prevent further hypothermia and kept them conscious until first responders arrived.

Darnell Tolliver Nova Scotia Power

Darnell Tolliver went above and beyond during a storm event, performing a life-saving feat on a colleague who was choking. While replenishing supplies at one of Nova Scotia Power’s depots, Darnell saw a fellow powerline technician emerge from the restroom waving his arms. He grabbed his co-worker and performed the Heimlich until he could breathe again.

John Hopkins
Paul Demers
Nova Scotia Power

Hearing a cry for help, John Hopkins left the Sissiboo Hydro Plant during a routine operations check. Across the river and 50 feet below the main dam, he discovered a critically injured person. Paul Demers, also with Nova Scotia Power, happened to drive across the dam at the same time. The two worked together to save the individual’s life; one to support the person while the other directed emergency responders.

Serge Gendron
Joel Bertin
NB Power

Serge Gendron and Joel Bertin were heading back to the office from a trouble call when they saved a man from a burning building. The pair from NB Power Corporation noticed smoke billowing from the front of a house. They immediately called 9-1-1. Not only did they risk their own lives to wake the man in the home, they also initiated efforts to extinguish the fire.

Mike Neubauer Saskpower

Out enjoying the outdoors with his family in late February, Mike Neubauer soon found himself part of a search and rescue. A mother was franticly searching her six-year old. Mike joined the quest as emergency responders and canine units were called in. While scouring a nearby campground on his snowmobile he spotted the little girl near a ravine. Mike rescued the cold and scared child, reuniting mother and daughter.

Stacey Kazakoff Saskpower

Stacey Kazakoff’s first-aid skills were all that stood between her colleague’s life and death. The co-workers were enjoying lunch when suddenly, her peer began to choke. Stacey quickly leapt into action, delivering forceful thrusts to dislodge the obstruction, allowing her to breathe again.

Nevin Gurniak Saskpower

With only fractions of a second to react, a man escaped serious injury thanks to a SaskPower employee’s actions. Nevin Gurniak noticed an oncoming car crossing the center line at excessive speeds. He quickly swerved his 45,000-pound digger truck, managing to maintain control as the oncoming car swiped his trailer and spun off into the ditch.

Cody Sastaunik
Alex Scappaticci
Larry Chorney
Brody Kronberg
Kevin Martin
Kyle Spilchen
Saskpower

Cody Sastaunik, Alex Scappaticci, Larry Chorney, Brody Kronberg, Kevin Martin and Kyle Spilchen helped save a person’s life. The crew from SaskPower were the first on scene of a grievous single-vehicle crash. They immediately recognized the urgency of the situation. Not only did they secure the scene while seeking emergency assistance, they also administered first aid and assisted paramedics.

Brandon Bailey Saskpower

SaskPower employee Brandon Bailey stepped into action when he found a senior lost and disoriented, walking the wrong way on the highway. Battling strong winds and snow, she had visible signs of frostbite when Brandon found her. He persuaded the woman out of the elements before driving her safely to her care home.

Greg Bennett
Lyndin Edwards
Fortis Alberta

Blustering snow. Frigid temperatures. Seniors stuck in the squall. This was the scene Greg Bennett and Lyndin Edwards arrived to during an emergency call last year. The two employees from Fortis Alberta madly trudged their way through the deep snow to free the elderly couple. The pair not only got the husband and wife safely to their home, they even shoveled a path for them.

Darrell Johnson
Lowell Tait
Yukon Energy

This past February, Darrell Johnson and Lowell Tait of Yukon Energy saved the lives of two colleagues. Plant operators were sent to investigate operational irregularities in the Whitehorse Rapids engine module. Moments later they were trapped. Because of the quick thinking and actions of Darrell and Lowell, they not only prevented a workplace disaster but freed the operators, saving their lives.

2019 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 Newfoundland Power
Group 2 Nalcor Energy
Group 3 Ontario Power Generation

2019 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 Newfoundland Power
Group 2 AltaLink

2019 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
Group 1 Northwest Territories Power Corporation
Group 2 ENMAX
Toronto Hydro Corporation Group 3 Toronto Hydro

2019 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.

NameCompanyDescription
Max Cananzi Alectra

In recognition of Max Cananzi’s achievements over the years including promoting sustainability broadly and locally within the electricity sector.

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.