Port Hawkes­bury Pa­per marks 1,000 days with­out lost-time ac­ci­dent

Cape Breton Post - - BUSINESS EXTRA -

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.

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