Port Hawkesbury Paper marks 1,000 days without lost-time accident
PORT HAWKESBURY — Port Hawkesbury Paper celebrated 1,000 days of no lost time due to injuries on the job at the Point Tupper paper mill. The company marked the milestone last Friday. The mill employs 330 direct employees, and hundreds more workers through its woodland operations. “In an industrial environment, employees are working in and around heavy product, highly technical equipment, moving machinery, steam and electricity. All of these factors increase the level of risk and reinforce the importance of working safely,” Port Hawkesbury Paper’s development manager Marc Dube said in a release. The mill produces supercalendered paper for the flyer, magazine and catalogue market. It also launched production of a new higher grade of paper that is a replacement for coated paper. The company tracks its employee lost-time metric on a daily basis and includes any lost time any employee experiences as a result of a workplace injury. This information is also shared daily within the mill, tracked weekly as a performance Indicator, and is also used to compare statistics against other large mills across North America, Dube said. Owned by Vancouver-based Stern Partners, the mill reopened in October 2012 following a yearlong sales process.