INNIO’s Welland facility wins awards

Safety, ESG at plant cited by Canadian Occupational Safety

Canadian Occupational Safety has named INNIO’s Welland manufacturing facility a 2023 5-Star Energy & Resource Company and a recipient of the 5-Star Safety Award. (Image: INNIO)

Canadian Occupational Safety has named INNIO’s Welland manufacturing facility a 2023 5-Star Energy & Resource Company and a recipient of the 5-Star Safety Award.

The energy and resource award goes to companies that demonstrate a strong Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) program; measurable environmental and social impacts; and a consistent health and safety policy. The 5-Star Safety Culture winners were lauded for their vigilance surrounding employee safety.

A major focus on ESG: When it comes to ESG, the priorities and goals for the Waukesha product line are grouped into three areas:

  • Low-carbon and circular products
  • Resilient supply chain and manufacturing
  • Responsible operations and social responsibility

“With our Waukesha technology, we are empowering customers on their decarbonization journeys,” said Bud Hittie, president and leader for INNIO’s Waukesha brand. “Our commitment to ESG principles is not only core to our operations but is fundamentally intertwined with the value we provide to our customers. Our advanced solutions support efficient energy consumption, enhanced productivity, and lower maintenance costs.”

The manufacturing site in Welland, Canada, produces all the new Waukesha engines and gensets for the global marketplace. Opened in 2018, the 500,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility sits on 83 acres of land that also serve as a habitat for local wildlife and other federally protected species. Building on a safety and sustainability culture, the site has been registered for its adherence to ISO 14001 environmental and 45001 health and safety standards in addition to its 9001-quality certification.

Canadian Occupational Safety recognized the Waukesha manufacturing facility and the other 5-Star Safety Culture winners “for deploying a diverse set of tools and workplace policies, all in order to ensure the well-being of their employees.”

The 5-Star award came about as part of Canada’s aims for a “green transition” backed by investment in more renewable sources of energy. A “just transition” also considers worker well-being and livelihood. “In the energy and natural resources sectors, employers are keenly aware of work-related risks and therefore have been pioneers in promoting workers’ health and safety in their day-to-day activities,” according to the Canadian Occupational Safety website. “This is why Canadian Occupational Safety is proud to highlight the companies that are making a difference in these sectors. Their leadership brings guidance and expertise, especially after a tough couple of years. The awards are a great way to champion the best in class and bring inspiration to the field of occupational health and safety.”

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