COMPETITION WATCH: Clark Freightways garners praise for safety

COQUITLAM, B.C. — Clark Freightways was recognized Feb. 2 for becoming the first B.C. carrier to join the Certificate of Recognition safety program.

Minister of Labour Iain Black was on-hand to mark the occasion and to recognize the achievement.

“Trucking is the lifeblood of every industry in B.C. and the statistics on injuries and fatalities in trucking is sobering,” Black said. “This just has to change.”

The Certificate of Recognition is a Trucking Safety Council of B.C. program that awards carriers who implement a safety program that includes company audits.  Carriers that are accepted into the program receive WorkSafeBC premium rebates of up to 15%.

Clark Freightways also received kudos from Donna Wilson, vice-president of industry services and sustainability for WorkSafeBC.

“Workplace injury rates in trucking are double that of any other industry, and this team has decided that this is not acceptable,” she said. “This means putting more focus on preventing injuries, and in particular fatalities.”

For more information on the program, visit www.safetydriven.ca.

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