​Waiward Steel recognized for four million work-hour safety milestone

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The competency program that Waiward Steel implemented after a horrible accident in 2012 led to a major safety milestone being celebrated by the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA).

COAA presented Waiward with its 2017 Safety Leadership Award at the association's 2017 Best Practices Conference earlier this month, recognizing the company’s “monumental” achievement of over four million work hours without a lost time incident.

Waiward says its MODOS competency program is the main contributing factor to the milestone.

“MODOS is a real-time tracking system that matches workers with tasks and performance plans, identifying their strengths and areas for improvement – all of which lead to a safer and more profitable workplace. It positions ironworkers in suitable positions to reach their true potential, whether it’s an apprentice or a journeyman,” Waiward says.

The system was implemented after an ironworker suffered massive injuries while executing a blind lift of a beam at an oilsands construction site. He survived and continues to work at Waiward.

Since implementation of MODOS in 2013, the company says it has seen a significant improvement in its safety record and worker competency – more than 800 percent decrease in the number of lost time claims over historical averages. Waiward is now at 4.6 million hours free of lost time claims.

“We wanted to go beyond the rules,” Waiward president Terry Degner said in a statement.

“When binders full of rules and regulations didn’t help prevent injuries, it was obvious that it took more than just following the rules to achieve millions of work hours without an incident and maintain a higher level of productivity.”

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