Steep Rock Iron Mines, Ontario : Annual Safety Banquet, 1978.
"This is one of the parts of my job that I enjoy the most," noted Larry Lamb, as he
congratulated employees with outstanding safety records at the Annual Safety Banquet on November 17. He commended
the Mining Division, who had worked 430 days without a lost-time accident to November 17, and the Maintenance Division,
who achieved a work record of over a year without a lost-time injury during the past year.
Bruce Taylor, General Manager, also congratulated the employees, and noted that even if
Steep Rock's present record was not as good as the past couple of years, it was still No. 2 in the Lakehead Safety
Group, which represents mines in Northwestern Ontario.
Safety Director, Don Gadd, stated that without the total commitment of Management to
safety, and the cooperation of employees, supervisors, and safety committees, the good records achieved over the
past few years would have been impossible. Also, he had special thanks for the assistance of Ron Dupuis, the Safety
Examiners, and the faithful Members of the Safety Promotion Committee.
Fifty-seven employees received awards for achieving 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 years' service
without a lost-time injury on the job. Four employees -- Norm Hagen, Bill Beyer, Carl Sander, and Bob Parr --
received engraved watches for working safely for 25 years. Special souvenir desk pen awards were presented by Larry
Lamb to employees who have worked over 30 years without a lost-time injury. These included Bert Booth (34),
Harry Brasseur (33), Pete Romanson (32), Ernie Bain (32), Lyle Franks (31), Tom Lee (30), and Stan Habinski (30).
Joe Danco (31) and Spike MacDonald (31) were not present but will receive similar awards.
After the presentation of awards and the attendance draws, made by Rose Weber, the guests
and employees were entertained by Don Plaskett -- Administrator, Toastmaster, Community Worker -- one of
Northwestern Ontario's Great Citizens. Most of his remarks were entertaining and some hilariously funny, but he had
some serious comments to make about safety. It is indicative of his excellence as a speaker that the points he made
were attentively received by the audience and remembered by the writer. He said that Safety and Religion had much in
common -- first they must be preached, then learned, then lived -- and reminded the 207 guests that since our children
would undoubtedly copy our actions, safe or unsafe, and since our example was what they use to develop their own
attitudes to Safety, we should be very careful what we are teaching them.
25 Years Without A Lost-Time Injury:
L. to R.: Larry Lamb, Carl Sander,
Employees With 30 Years Plus, Without A Lost-Time Injury:
L. to R.: Larry Lamb (President),
Don Gadd (Safety Director).
Mining Division: L. to R.:
Kelly McMahon (5 years),
Joe Durand (5 years),
Ben Love (5 years),
Mark White (5 years),
Bob McMahon (5 years),
Wes Bone (10 years),
Harry Wiersema (5 years),
John Schedlosky (20 years),
Dan Hoard (10 years),
John White (15 years),
Herb Roehrig (15 years),
Stan Habinski (30 years),
Red McMahon (15 years).
Metallurgical Division -- Maintenance: L. to R.:
Pete Gagne (5 years),
Duncan Russell (5 years),
Pete Gardiman (10 years),
Bill Bruce (15 years),
Metallurgical Division -- Operating: L. to R.:
Ray Gushulak (5 years),
Mel Leif (15 years),
Tom Lee (30 years),
Erle Zacharias (5 years),
Tony Bryk (5 years),
John Skrenski (5 years),
Arnold Angus (15 years),
Wayne Anness (15 years),
Pete Urbanowicz (20 years).
Maintenance Division: L. to R.:
Larry Nault (20 years),
John Nephin (5 years),
Mickey Desserre (5 years),
Hugh Darrah (5 years),
Kam Lee (5 years),
Fred Lee (20 years),
Tony Zerebeski (10 Years),
Ed Danard (15 years) and
Herb Garrioch (15 years).
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