Marilyn Tasaka

Marilyn Tasaka

First Transit earns award

Company completes WorkSafeBC’s voluntary Partners in Injury and Disability Prevention Program.

First Transit made a strong statement about how much it values its workers by participating successfully in WorkSafeBC’s voluntary Partners in Injury and Disability Prevention Program.

The company, which operates transit in 15 locations in B.C. including Vernon, achieved the certificate of recognition and celebrated with a recent staff appreciation barbecue.

On the guest list were representatives from the City of Vernon, the Regional District of North Okanagan, WorkSafeBC, and B.C. Transit.

“Our success is because we have a dedicated team at all levels who understand safety and who are a part of the culture that makes us first,” said Lynn Cohoe, regional safety manager, who led the team through a process that involved the review of the safety management system, 72 employee interviews and a tour of five locations.

Along with Vernon, the other locations that participated in the audit were Kamloops, Victoria handyDart, Kitimat and Terrace.

According to auditor John Dunn, the success represents the collective commitment to safety and is a reflection of a professional operational environment focused on excellence.

“He recognized and complemented the personal commitment of all employees to the health and safety program, and encouraged First Transit to continue to grow its program, commenting that he believes First has the potential to become the industry leader in health and safety management within B.C.,” said Cohoe.