Lake Country’s BC Tree Fruits has been feted for its exceptional safety record.
The co-operative received a Topaz Award and a Fantastic Four Risk Control Leader award from the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC.
“Safety is a key pillar in our co-operative,” BC Tree Fruits president and CEO Warren Sarafinchan said in a press release. “Whether it be our on-farm or consumer food safety programs, or the health and safety of our growers and employees, safety is front and centre to who we are every day.
"I congratulate all of our employees on these achievements and look forward to ongoing improvements as the co-operative’s growers and employees work together to supply fresh B.C. tree fruit to the world.”
The Topaz Award is awarded to businesses that successfully achieve its Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence certification, and BC Tree Fruits is the first fruit packer to ever receive the honour. It is also the first fruit packing house in Canada to receive the certification.
The Fantastic Four Risk Control Leader Award is one of six MSABC safety excellence honours. BC Tree Fruits was nominated for and presented this award in recognition of mitigating risks and injury management within the workplace.