District D11 forms safety committee

Group will serve cement locals in Western Canada

SAFETY ISSUES FOR Western Canadian members working in the cement, wallboard, and quarrying industries will be the focus of a new committee created by Cement District Lodge D11. The committee held its first meeting Dec. 7 in Calgary.

District Lodge D11 includes 13 locals: in Alberta, lodges D331 (Exshaw), D345 (Calgary), and D359 and D513 (Edmonton); in British Columbia, lodges D277 (Bamberton), D385 and D400 (Vancouver), D479 (Invermere), D486 (New Westminster), and D503 (Kamloops); in Manitoba, lodges D505 and D274 (Winnipeg), and D575 (Moosehorn).

District Lodge D11 BM-ST Rob Lauzon said the Western Safety Committee will allow the various member lodges to share experiences and best practices related to health and safety and to make recommendations on developing future plans and strategies. The committee plans to meet two to three times each year.

Attending the first meeting were Lauzon; Jason McInnis, Canadian National Director of Health and Safety; Steve Wilson and Mike Weber, Local D277; Ed Gall and Stuart Bilodeau, Local D359; George Lister and Rick Peterson, Local D331; and John O’Connor, David Chicoyne, and Everett Jeffrey, Local D385.