Safer Together

The Westman Safety Conference strengthens safety culture across all industries in Manitoba

By Megan Funnell, Construction Safety Association of Manitoba

The Westman Safety Conference took place April 17–18, 2018, at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Man.

The two-day safety conference welcomed more than 200 participants enrolled in occupational safety and health education and training designed for all industries – provided by all the industry-based safety programs in Manitoba.

Mike Jones, executive director of the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba; Jamie Hall, chief operating officer of SAFE Work Manitoba; and Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest welcomed attendees with opening greetings that addressed the role we all play in making safety a priority in our workplaces.

Conference partners – Made Safe, S2 Safety Sales and Service Safety Association (formally the Motor Vehicle Safety Association of Manitoba), RPM Trucking Industry Safety Program, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) WORKSAFELY™ and the Manitoba Farm Safety Program – and premier sponsor, SAFE Work Manitoba, were also exhibitors at the conference, networking with and offering students valuable information and take-away resources for the workplace.

Jones is pleased with the successes of the Westman Safety Conference.

“The Westman Safety Conference has evolved to accommodate our industry’s needs and speaks to connected industries, such as manufacturers, suppliers, trucking, motor vehicles and administration, whose workplaces and lives revolve around safety as much as ours do,” said Jones. “Our partnership with all of the Manitoba industry-based safety associations has helped us achieve our goal to provide safety and health education to all industries and establish a safety standard in Manitoba.”

Thank you to conference partners and sponsors – SAFE Work Manitoba, BEHLEN, Construction Association of Rural Manitoba, Chemtrade Logistics, Horizon Builders Ltd., Jacobson & Greiner Group of Companies, Livingstone Landscaping Ltd., Made Safe, Manitoba Common Ground Alliance, MHCA WORKSAFELY™, Precision Health, RPM Trucking Industry Safety and W. Gray Enterprises – CSAM staff, the Keystone Centre and all individuals involved in making this event a success!

Megan Funnell is the marketing communications coordinator at the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba.

Photos courtesy of the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba