Another Powerful Partnership - ENWIN Partnership with MySafeWork Teaches St Clair Students about Workplace Safety

Image of MY Safe work Staff, ENWIN staff and the IBEW staff at event

Windsor ON: September 22, 2017 was a proud day for ENWIN employees. Members of the ENWIN safety and communications teams were, once again, invited to partner with representatives from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Entegrus and MySafeWork, to help empower youth at St. Clair College to stand up for their right to a safe work environment

“Unsafe work is an untold problem with untold consequences that cannot be ignored,” said Rob Ellis, Founder and President of MySafeWork. “As we speak to future leaders about this important issue, our is hope is that they will be inspired to dream of ways that make our world safer.”

Rob is well equipped to speak to the tragedy that devastates a family when a loved one falls victim to workplace negligence. As he has for the past 18 years, Rob shared the story of his son, David, who was killed at 18 years of age, when his employer left him without supervision in a dangerous work environment, devastating a family.

The story of David’s injuries, the rush to try to save him and his death, six days later, is always hard to hear. The impact on the students is palpable – stunned silence at first, followed by indignation and hard-hitting questions.  That’s where the ENWIN team came in. Along with representatives from the IBEW, ENWIN’s safety experts answered questions posed by the students and provided information about workers’ rights to job safety, encouraging student workers to speak out for their own well-being.

“It is an honour to participate in an event that means so much to our next generation of employees,” said ENWIN’s Director of Hydro Distribution, Grant Pennington. “We are proud of our company’s excellent record for workplace health and safety, and proud to be called upon to help with safety education for our youth.”

“We are excited to partner with the safety champions at ENWIN,” said Rob Ellis. ENWIN is committed to keeping their employees safe on the job.

Many thanks to ENWIN’s Grant Pennington, Mark Arsenault, Steve McWilliam, Adam Pinsonneault, Tim Stratichuk and Barbara Peirce Marshall, who took time from their busy workdays to share their safety stories and advice with students from the Powerline Technician program. Thanks also go out to Lyndsay Meloche for her photography.