Summit considers safety first when conducting any operation.
It is ingrained in our approach and execution. Our goal
is to have zero injuries.
Training and monitoring are the tools we
use in striving for our health and safety goals.
Our health and safety program is certified
through the 'Partners in Injury Reduction' program, an external
auditing organization that assess the effectiveness of safety
systems. Partners in Injury Reduction is recognized by the
Alberta Workers Compensation Board (WCB).
Ergonomic Injury Prevention Program
Ergonomic injury is the number one WCB claimed injury in the
tree planting industry. Summit has designed an Ergonomic Injury
Prevention Program focussed on significantly reducing this
type of injury in our operations.
It begins in the pre-season with online training
which all of our planters are required to complete. This online
training includes providing information on
- Stretching; and,
A sign-off feature informs Summit management
that this training has been completed.The program continues
throughout the season with
- Site inspections that asses blocks for
ergonomic injury risk;
- On site training in the proper use of
- Dedicated ergonomic injury prevention
- Communicating awareness at safety meetings
throughout the season.
Prior to each season, Summit management spends a week conducting
in-house training. This training covers company specific procedures
Summit management personnel are trained and
certified in the following:
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
- Workplace Hazardous Material Information
- Danger/Wildlife Tree Assessment
- Occupational First Aid Level III (OFA
- Forest Fire Fighting (S100)
- Class 4 Drivers License
All of our planters are given extensive training
at the beginning of the season and refreshers throughout.
Summit policies often exceed but always meet
government regulations and client requirements.
Safety is a priority and the guiding principle behind all
Summit worksite operations:
- Vehicles are inspected and maintained
- Emergency procedures are posted for every
block in every vehicle.
- Communication to ambulance services and
external safety organizations is tested on every block,
using either radio communication or satellite phones.
- Employees are trained and practiced in
block and camp evacuation procedures: Drills and audits
are preformed regularly.
- Each crew has a minimum of two certified
first aid attendants