CKF wins provincial safety award

Ashley Thompson
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CKF Inc. employees Kevin Gaudet, Gary Oickle, Gary Lynch and Malcolm Wilson show off the company’s Mainstay Safety Award of Excellence during an employee appreciation barbecue. 

CKF Inc. has a new workplace safety trophy to add to its collection.

The Hantsport-based manufacturing company recently won the Mainstay Safety Award of Excellence.

“That’s considered the top award for a Nova Scotia company,” said Laurie Alders, a corporate risk manager with CKF.

Alders said there are programs in place at CKF to stress the importance of workplace safety but, at the end of the day, the success of each program depends on the employees. 

“Our employees are top-notch. We have about 270 of the best employees in Nova Scotia that work in this company.”

It’s been almost six years since the last lost-time injury at CKF’s plant in Hantsport, Alders added.

“We figured that we had a pretty good chance to get this award but when we got it … it’s like winning the Stanley Cup,” he said. “It’s the big one and you don’t do it every day.”

Alders said focusing on reducing the number of accidents leading to injuries creates safer workplaces and drastically reduces costs.

A press release announcing the fifth annual Mainstay Awards winners credits CKF for promoting safety in the workplace by setting bold targets, engaging employees in safety programs and working with external safety auditors to identify areas of improvement.

“This year’s winners have achieved some remarkable safety results that are truly inspiring,” said Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia CEO Stuart MacLean, in the prepared statement. “By making and living the commitment to only do something if they can do it safely within their own workplaces, they are helping create a safer province for all Nova Scotian workers.”

CKF, a Scotia Investments Limited company that produces Royal Chinet plates and packaging products, is operational 24 hours a day. 

Organizations: CKF Inc., Compensation Board of Nova Scotia CEO, Royal Chinet

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Hantsport

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  • The truth
    July 04, 2014 - 01:24

    Thanks for not posting my comment from earlier I assume your being paid by CKF thanks

    • RA
      July 10, 2014 - 16:25

      Be patient, sometimes they don't post my comments either. I'm sure there is a good reason. They are probably very busy and sometime a comment might cause trouble if posted. I always am able to back up what I say, but the moderator doesn't know that when they have to make their decision. Good luck on future comments, and thanks for getting the truth out there. Too much corruption going on these days.

  • The truth
    July 03, 2014 - 07:55

    What a complete joke they just force you to come back to work when you get hurt and pay you your wage so the don't get LTA's . Someone got hurt in their, he was on pain killers they forced him to come back to work and watch safety videos. He then fell asleep and they wrote him up! He was on pain killers!!!!!!! What did they expect! This is called covering up a problem with another problem. Their is more Injurys in the mill then their was ten years ago, CKF should be ashamed of them selves!! If they actually cared they would fix the problems they have not cover them up! They should be forced to give their awards back!