LEAGUE OF CHAMPIONS WELCOMES GTSWCA AS THE NEWEST PATRON MEMBER
MISSISSAUGA – The League of Champions welcomed the Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (GTSWCA) as their newest Patron Member during a sewer and watermain Safety Summit held on March 3, 2023.
There was an overwhelming response from the industry members, filling the boardroom at the Orbitor Road offices to overflowing. This shows how top-of-mind safety is for construction leaders and how sharing best practices and discussing common issues is so beneficial across the industry.
Photo: Craig Lesurf, LOC Chair, and the industry leaders attending the GTSWCA Safety Summit (Credit LOC)
The League of Champions makes a positive impact on the lives of our members, their employees and their families. “Building a culture of safety, watching out for the person next to you, and everyone going home safe at the end of the day,” said Craig Lesurf, LOC Chair while presenting the League of Champions jersey.
“The jersey symbolizes being part of a safety team, and the signatures are like a contract to be diligent about safety on the jobsite,” Lesurf explained. Planning and hosting safety focussed events is the best way to showcase your organization’s commitment to building a safety culture and creating a network of support within the construction industry.
Photo: (R-L) Enzo Garritano, Dan Fleming, Vince Ricciuti, David Frame, Craig Lesurf. LOC members present the League of Champions jersey to Steven Crombie from the Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Construction Association. (Credit LOC)
In 2022 there were some unfortunate incidents causing injury and fatalities on sewer and watermain construction sites, and from this, the GTSWCA took a bold step, hosting a Safety Summit for industry leaders to bring focus on the importance of safety awareness and to have an open and frank discussion about occupational health and safety.
The Safety Summit also included a presentation by Kathy Martin, Coordinator, Research, Stakeholder and Public Relations, Mental Health from the IHSA on managing occupational mental health and safety risk and then transitioned to a closed-door session for GTSWCA to discuss recent incidents and concerns from the perspective of like-minded industry leaders.
The League of Champions was established in 2016 to inspire and influence leaders to commit to and take action to improve safety culture at construction workplaces in Ontario. Through awareness, collaboration, education, and promotion, the League of Champions is dedicated to health and safety excellence through a solutions-oriented approach and shared best practices.