July 13, 2017

Milton Shop Marks 40 Years of Safety

Safety for Milton Heavy Maintenance Shop staff isn’t simply a consideration; it’s a way of life. There hasn’t been a lost time injury at this shop since June 27, 1977, back when the original Star Wars movie was still fresh in theatres – an incredible 40 years ago.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment,” said Jamie MacDonald, Nova Scotia Power’s Senior Director of Power Production. “The team at Milton does high risk work, and they’ve proven that all injuries are preventable. They are an inspiration for all our teams at Nova Scotia Power.”

The Queens County shop performs crucial maintenance on hydroelectric generating equipment across Nova Scotia, which is an important source of renewable energy. The generators date back as far as the 1920s, so at times the Milton team must fabricate new parts from scratch because replacement parts don’t exist. The equipment they work on ranges from a few thousand kilograms to 140 metric tons in size.

“The shop consists of a very talented group of individuals,” said Scott Whynot, Nova Scotia Power’s Superintendent of Hydro Maintenance. “They are machinists, millwrights, welders and utility workers, who work in situations that involve confined space, rigging and manipulation of large components, machining, welding, and various other hazards. All of these hazards are mitigated on a daily basis by a strong safety culture.”

Whynot said countless individual employees – always working together as a team – have built and maintained the Milton shop’s safety culture over the past 40 years.

“The common thread that has brought this team to this achievement is the team’s respect for one another and their willingness to speak up to ensure their coworkers and themselves go home safely at the end of every day,” he explained “This culture developed in the 1970s, and has continued to improve and grow over the years.”

Clearly, the force of safety is strong with this shop in Queens County. Well done, Milton!