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Lafarge Canada awarded for contribution to BC transportation

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Each year, the Province celebrates organisations that have made outstanding contributions to British Columbia’s transportation system. This year, due to the pandemic, the Ministry presented awards for both 2020 and 2021, with Lafarge Canada Inc. nominated four times for Contractor of the Year for the two-year period.

“We’re thrilled with these nominations and the recognition it gives to our teams across the province,” shares Lincoln Kyne, Vice President & General Manager, BC. “The Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure builds infrastructure that needs to last decades and our commitment as a contractor is to deliver high quality value projects for our Province. These awards reflect that commitment.”

Reflecting the organisation’s desire to put health and safety at the forefront of all operations, Lafarge was the 2020 Workplace Health and Safety Award Winner. “The perimeter lighting was a game changer,” shares Kyne. “Now it doesn’t matter where our teams are working, or what the weather conditions are - they’re safe, continually.” Lafarge won for their perimeter lighting system, which provides a distinctive red line of light, 10 feet around asphalt paving rollers to create an operator-only safe workspace. As well, Lafarge’s new personal hard hat lighting system for asphalt paving technicians was acknowledged in the award.

Lafarge was also a winner in the 2021 Grading category for the Lower Lynn Creek Connectivity Project. “The site is incredibly busy,” says Kyne. “There are more than 120 000 vehicles passing through every day. It took a lot for us to not only coordinate construction phases, but to make sure that everyone involved stayed safe, that highly sensitive environmental considerations were managed and risks mitigated, and that we stuck to the schedule with the least amount of disruption for the community.”

Lafarge Canada was also nominated as the 2020 Runner Up for the massive Mountain Highway Interchange Project and the 2021 Runner Up for asphalt resurfacing at Hwy 97 Vernon Arterial and Old Kamloops Road. Both projects involved complex traffic rerouting and stakeholder engagement strategies, and were completed on schedule. “We work across the Province,” explains Kyne. “We are familiar with the challenges that come with these projects and specifically in the communities they impact. We are fully committed to helping the industry keep improving and innovating.”

The awards were presented to Lafarge Canada at MoTI’s awards ceremony on 03 December 2021. “It’s an honour to accept these awards,” says Kyne, “and it’s a great push for us to keep on being the best we can be.”

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