Things steamed up during Finning’s barbeque last week, as employees and their families were invited to enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers in celebration of over two years without a loss time injury.
Finning Branch Manager Tom Tobin said that although the company typically only invites employees to celebrate no loss time injury land marks, this year they decided to change things up, following suit with the Lethbridge branch.
Tobin said it’s the families that are the driving force behind Finning employees, adding, “That’s the reason we go to work. We get home and we can do the things we enjoy with our friends and family.”
Tobin attributed their success to programs such a WHMIS, Job Hazard Analysis and their near miss reporting system—a reporting system in which an employee indentifies a situation that has the potential to cause injury or harm.
In fact, last year, Finning acted on over 70 near misses, a huge jump from the previous years 14, Tobin said.
“By identifying it and reporting it into our near miss reporting system, it enables us to learn from those lessons before they actually hurt someone,” he added.
During the barbeque, Tobin also thanked Finning employees for their United Way contributions.
When the company began the United Way campaign, they were aiming to achieve a $20,000 employee contribution, with Finning matching the contributions dollar for dollar up to $1,300 dollars per employee.
As of last Wednesday, Finning raised $50,000, with four days left in the campaign.
“The Finning employees have driven this philanthropic gesture to the community,” Tobin noted. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the team we have here, they’ve always been very charitable.”
Tobin went on to say, “The United Way is just another opportunity for us to demonstrate those generous and community minded values that we have.”