The Awards

For too long, jobs in the construction and maintenance sectors have been plagued by the perception of being dangerous occupations. The time has come to shake this conviction, and highlight that working as a skilled trades professional is both safe and lucrative.

Through the hard work of our Clients, Signatory Employers and Labour providers, safety in the maintenance industry has made make tremendous progress over the past century, and is now the top priority in their operations.

To celebrate this accomplishment, and to recognize excellence in unionized maintenance on an annual basis, the GPMC/NMC is pleased to announce the creation of the Canadian Safety Achievement Awards. There are five prestigious awards which cover all aspects of maintenance work.

General Presidents’ Safety Excellence Award

Through the annual operations of our Signatory Employers and Labour Providers, safety in annual maintenance operations has never been better. This award celebrates top performing participants who achieve the lowest total recordable incident rating for their craft hour tier across all sites.

Tripartite Zero (Recordable) Injury Turnaround Award

Turnaround and outage work present a unique set of challenges for maintenance industry stakeholders. This award recognizes Clients, Signatory Employers and Local Unions who execute high volumes of craft hours in short turnaround windows without a recordable injury or lowest total recordable incident rating.

365 Daily Maintenance Award

Industrial plants across the country often require year-round daily maintenance to ensure efficiency in their operations and the safety of their personnel. This award showcases stakeholders who have executed daily maintenance at industrial plants for 365 days or greater without having a recordable injury.

William Warchow Safety Leadership & Innovation Award

In honour of William Warchow, one of the original GPMC/NMC pioneers and policymakers in the maintenance world, this award will be granted to those who effectively demonstrate leadership and positive impact in health and safety.

Budrow Tozer Most Improved Award

In honour of Budrow Tozer, the long-serving Chairman of the GPMC/NMC whose leadership style exemplified continual improvement and instilled a culture of camaraderie, will be granted to those organizations who achieve noteworthy improvements to their health and safety performance through effective teamwork.

CS2A will track participants’ performance against the criteria for each award, and recognize those who make substantial progress.


To help ensure fairness between competing nominations from worksites of different sizes and scales, an equalizer formula, called the Total Recordable Incident Rating (TRIR), will be applied. This formula is calculated by multiplying the total number of recordable incidents by 200,000 (hours worked in a standard year multiplied by 100 full-time employees) divided by the total number of hours worked.

(# of Recordable Incidents) x 200,000
(Total # of Hours Worked)

A work related injury, illness or incident that has one or more of the following criteria is to be considered a recordable incident:

  • Death
  • LTI, days away from work
  • Restricted work (light duty) or transfer to another job
  • Medical treatment beyond a first aid
  • Loss of consciousness

The Awards Process

Awards will be given to recognize stakeholder performance from the previous calendar year. A submission period will be established for anyone who wishes to participate.

The process to be nominated and receive an award has a few easy steps:

  • Clients and Contractors can nominate worksites. There is no limit to the number of sites under a GPMA or NMA jurisdiction that can be nominated.
  • Contractors or Clients need to submit supporting documentation (eg. number of craft hours worked; any recordable incidents) but can save their submission and login again to complete their nomination.
  • The GPMC administrative office will verify the information, and contact all winning participants.