Veridian Employees Celebrate 2,000,000 Hour, Seven Year Safety Milestone



    AJAX, ON, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Veridian Corporation's 180 employees gathered in
Ajax today to celebrate 2,000,000 hours worked without a lost time accident.
Employees at the utility have worked almost seven continuous years without a
single job related injury that resulted in time off.
    Representatives from the Electrical & Utilities Safety Association
(E&USA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and
Veridian's Board of Directors were all on hand to recognize the company's
safety achievement. The celebration culminated with the presentation of
E&USA's prestigious 'President's Award' for safety. Glenn Rainbird, Chair of
Veridian's Board of Directors and Michael Angemeer, the company's President
and CEO accepted the award on behalf of the company's employees.
    "What an impressive achievement," said Rainbird. "Our success in reaching
this industry-leading safety milestone is a testament to the professionalism
and dedication of each one of our employees. I know we all share in the pride
of this considerable accomplishment."
    According to Angemeer, Veridian's safety record has benefited from strong
leadership by Veridian's Board of Directors, the IBEW and the company's Joint
Health and Safety Committee. "Our Board, our management, the union and our
safety committee all hold common values when it comes to workplace safety," he
said. "They have been very supportive of our efforts to maintain a corporate
culture that emphasizes ongoing training and skills development and personal
responsibility."
    Angemeer explains that today's event combines celebration with health and
safety education and promotion. "Today is a celebration of our employees'
success in returning home to their families at the end of every day," he said.
"However, we have also provided employees with an exhibition of leading edge
health and safety practices and technologies, plus an inspiring presentation
on a balanced lifestyle by champion bodybuilder Laura Creavalle. It's all
being done to encourage safe and healthy employees, which provides for a
positive and significant bottom-line impact on the corporation."
    Jim Miners, Veridian's Acting Manager of Health Safety and Environment
challenged Veridian employees to keep safety at the forefront of their
thoughts at all times. "I encourage everyone to focus on providing a safe
environment for themselves and their coworkers," he said. "If all of us do
that every minute of every day, accidents will continue to be part of our
distant past, not our future."
    Veridian's 2,000,000th hour worked without a lost time accident was
logged on August 31st. The company has recorded another 25,000 hours of lost
time accident free work since that time.
    Through its subsidiary Veridian Connections Inc, Veridian Corporation
safely and reliably delivers electricity to more than 110,000 customers in the
Cities of Pickering and Belleville, the Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and
Gravenhurst, and the communities of Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono,
Port Perry, Beaverton, Sunderland and Cannington. The Corporation also owns
Veridian Energy Inc., a Pickering, Ontario based company that provides water
heater rental and fibre optic communications services. The City of Pickering,
the Town of Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville
jointly own Veridian Corporation.





For further information:

For further information: George Armstrong, Manager of Regulatory Affairs
and Key Projects, Veridian Connections Inc., (905) 427-9870 extension 2202

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