Walsh Canada Wins Multiple National Safety Awards
TORONTO, ON - Walsh Canada received two awards from Canadian Occupational Health and Safety magazine as part of its Canada’s Safest Employers awards, an annual cross-Canada competition recognizing occupational health and safety leaders. Walsh Canada Vice President and Business Group Leader, Craig Lesurf, and Health and Safety Manager, Dave Irwin, received the honors, which include the Silver Award for the Building and Construction category and the Silver Award for Young Worker Safety.
The Building and Construction Silver award recognized Walsh Canada for demonstrating excellence in its overall health and safety program and culture, highlighted by Walsh’s outstanding health and safety record, its leadership role in promoting health and safety across the industry through initiatives such as Safety Week, Safety Month, League of Champions, and its efforts of engaging staff at all levels to raise the bar for safety staff through various forms of positive reinforcement.
The Young Worker Silver award was presented to Walsh for its heightened focus on keeping its young workers safe, highlighted by its graduated Yellow Hard Hat program, Young Worker Mentoring Program, and a minimum ratio of experienced to young workers on project sites so that younger workers can be more closely monitored and positively influenced by the established best practices of their peers. Walsh also supported industry-wide young worker initiatives that included MySafeWork and Courageous, while also founding a new annual bursary in 2017 for George Brown College’s Construction and Engineering Technologies program named the Walsh Canada Bursary for Safety and Academic Excellence.
“It’s a great honour to be recognized among many other prominent construction companies across Canada,” says Walsh Canada’s Craig Lesurf. “To receive two awards in the same year is a testament to the strong health and safety culture at the Walsh Group and the high level of engagement we have achieved with our staff in our continual pursuit to make sure that everyone goes home safe at the end of each day. These awards are also a testament to the commitment by the Walsh family and senior management to make health and safety the top priority at the Walsh Group.”
Walsh Canada is part of The Walsh Group, a 119-year-old company providing design, build, finance, operation and activation services. The Walsh Group operates across 18 regional offices and is listed as the 11th largest contractor by Engineering News-Record. Walsh Canada performs work across a variety of sectors and features a portfolio of work that includes the Women’s College Hospital Capital Redevelopment, TTC Pioneer Village Subway Station, Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant, Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower, and Enterprise Data Center Borden Expansion.