Fleming's Trucking & Logging Wins Safety Award

(left to right) Mike Lemay, WSN Health and Safety Specialist; Linda and Bryon Hall, Fleming's Trucking and Logging; and Paul Andre, WSN Acting President and CEO.
(left to right) Mike Lemay, WSN Health and Safety Specialist; Linda and Bryon Hall, Fleming's Trucking and Logging; and Paul Andre, WSN Acting President and CEO.
photo used with permission from WSN.

Fleming's Trucking & Logging of Hilton Beach recently won the 2017 Workplace Excellence Award for Health and Safety. This is the third year in a row Fleming's have scored highest in the Forestry and Small Business sector to win the President's Award, presented by Workplace Safety North.

As a small business owner, John Fleming admits it’s hard to find the time to do everything. He considers health and safety a business investment. “If you’re going to be in business, sometimes you have to invest in different things. I invest in lots of machinery and the last thing I want to do is have somebody come in and shut me down. I decided to hire somebody on a part-time basis to handle safety because I wanted to make sure, when the Ministry of Labour comes to visit, that our health and safety program, including paperwork and training, is up to date.”

Fleming hired his father-in-law, Bryon Hall, as Health and Safety Coordinator. “I chalk it up as an expense, but when people show up and they want to investigate, want to visit, well my door is open. I don’t have to worry about anything. If they have any questions, we answer them, and it’s a good visit versus everybody being on edge because this may be not right or that may be not right. So that’s the way I see it. It’s an investment that’s well worth it because we don’t get shut down, everything’s good and safe. We’re a safe company. And these awards prove that.”

“I have a good crew who understood what I was saying about safety. They’ve all grasped that pretty good and they’re right into it. We have our safety meetings Wednesdays and it’s great to have the participation. We’re all really proud of this award.”

Fleming’s Trucking and Logging operation consists of 95 per cent hardwood, including mature hard maple and birch. A variety of sophisticated harvesting equipment means they can cut and process wood onsite, and logs are stacked at the side of the road for pickup by haul trucks. “It’s nice and neat,” says Fleming. “It’s good for the bush. We used to have skidders and stuff and in a hardwood bush you kind of smash up a lot of second growth, small trees, and you’re barking up stuff. Now with cut-to-length everything gets cut short: eight foot, ten foot, twelve foot. We load them onto the machine and bring them out onto the road, so there’s less damage to the remaining trees.”

“The award winners are positive role models and deserve special recognition,” says Paul Andre, WSN Acting President and Chief Executive Officer. “By making health and safety a priority in the workplace, it sends a message to employees, customers, and the community in general, that a company is proactive and a business leader.

All Workplace Excellence Award submissions are considered for the President’s Award, and scoring is based on self-assessment as well as statistical performance over the past two calendar years. Top scoring firms were officially presented with the President’s Award at the WSN annual general meeting on September 27 in North Bay.

Photo and article information was used with permission from Workplace Safety North.

For more information go to www.workplacesafetynorth.ca or www.fleminglogging.com