Sooke resident receives award from BC Forest Safety Council

Nanaimo, B.C. – A resident of Sooke has received an award from the BC Forest Safety Council, in recognition of a long career in the forest industry that has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving safety awareness, expanding safety knowledge, developing safety skills at ground level and building a lasting culture of safety among BC’s forest workers.

William (Bill) Boardman was acknowledged with the Cary White Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Vancouver Island Safety Conference, October 20th in Nanaimo. The award was co-presented by David Anderson, President and CEO of WorkSafeBC and Reynold Hert, CEO of the Safety Council.

The selection criteria for the Cary White Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement include:

“Bill Boardman is the tree faller who is sent out when there is a problem with a tough case,” said Council CEO Reynold Hert. “Most fallers do not readily accept criticism of their skills by an outsider. However, when Bill shows up the faller tends to listen. He will spend time with the faller, understand the reasons behind their actions, and set them on the correct course.”

A seasoned tree faller with 40 plus years’ experience, Boardman is invaluable on a worksite, as the fellow faller cannot dispute the knowledge that was gained throughout a long career. In the end, the faller walks away with a safer way of performing his job, as well as a promise that Boardman will personally follow up - usually on his own time and dime - to make sure that the faller has not fallen back into his old habits.

This award was created in honor of one of the Council’s first Forest Safety Advocates who passed away in 2008. With more than 30 years’ experience in the industry – including 23 years with WorkSafeBC, Cary White was an individual often described as someone who had forestry and the safety of workers in his blood.

The BC Forest Safety Council is a not-for-profit society dedicated to promoting forest health and safety. It was founded and is supported by all major forestry organizations in British Columbia and works with forestry employers, workers, contractors and the provincial government and agencies to implement changes necessary to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in the forest sector.

Date: 
November 20, 2012
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News Release 2012 Cary White Award.pdf
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