Canada’s Safest Employers 2015

Chemco awarded 2015 Canada's Safest Employers

We’re pleased to announce that Chemco has been recognized at Canada’s Safest Employers Awards in the Building & Construction category. The award recognizes companies from all across Canada with outstanding accomplishments in promoting the health and safety of their workers. Companies are judged on a wide range of occupational health and safety elements, including employee training, OHS management systems, incident investigation, emergency preparedness and innovative health and safety initiatives. Thank you to all our employees for your tenacious commitment to health and safety which allowed us to receive such a prestigious award.


Chemco awarded 2015 Workforce Development Award


Each year the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) holds a Best Practice Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “Twice as Safe, Twice as Productive by 2020”. At this year’s conference COAA recognized organizations for their efforts in workforce development. The COAA Best Practices Award for Workforce Development – Large Organization was awarded to Chemco. Skills Canada was recognized as the winner of the Workforce Development – Small Organization Award. This award is a reflection of the commitment to training and development that has been demonstrated by Chemco’s workforce. If we continue to work together we can accomplish anything. Let’s keep working together towards an injury and incident free workplace.


Co-operation Over Competition

It came down to two men. Twenty-three years ago, Dave Hagen and Darrel McDaniel were electricians working for Chemco Electrical Contractors in Edmonton and they were both asked if they wanted to be the “safety guy” for a project in northern Alberta. “I said ‘Um, no, not really.’ I wanted to push, I wanted to be the supervisor,” recalls McDaniel. “I said ‘Does it pay the same?’ They said yes, so I said OK,” laughs Hagen. The company then supported Hagen to complete a few safety courses through the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA), and when it needed a safety person again for another project, Hagen accepted. Eventually, he took on the safety role full time and is now the vice-president of environmental health and safety at Chemco. “Dave took it and we never looked back. And it’ ...