DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek has been awarded the 2021 Organizational Safety Excellence Award by the BC Municipal Safety Association.

According to a release, the announcement was made earlier this fall.

The City was able to win this award “due to hard work from the City of Dawson Creek Safety Department and Committee.”

“The BC Municipal Safety Association recognizes local governments for activities that improve their experience rating, and ultimately reduce injuries, illness, disease and fatalities with the Organizational Safety Excellence Award,” reads a letter from Mike Roberts, executive director, BC Municipal Safety Association.

“The City of Dawson Creek has demonstrated a great example of leadership, dedication and hard work in reducing the costs of claims by creating a safer and healthier workplace and helping injured workers recover and return to work.”

The criteria for the award are based on an employer’s experience rating, and any local government in British Columbia is eligible to apply for this award.

To be considered eligible, an organization must meet the following:

The experience rating measures WorkSafeBC claim costs over a period of four years, taking into account the size of the business based on payroll, and compares the claim costs per dollar of payroll to the industry average.

Dawson Creek’s experience rating in 2021 was -28.8 per cent.