Several Vermont firms were recently recognized for their strong commitment to effective workplace safety at the Annual Vermont Workplace Safety Conference. The Governor’s Award for Workplace Safety, presented by Governor Jim Douglas, went to IBM in the Large Business Category and to Long Trail Brewery in the Small Business Category.In presenting the awards, Governor Douglas also noted IBM’s earlier recipient of Vermont OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) designation for Long Trail Brewing by the Vermont Department of Labor.Vermont Labor Commissioner Patricia Moulton Powden explained that the awards are the most prestigious awards given to a company in recognition of their workplace safety and health achievements.“These awards began with Governor Douglas’s leadership. We are delighted he was present for this presentation. Nominations continue to grow which is a clear indication of the continued commitment to workplace safety and health by Vermont employers over the past seven years,” she said.Governor Douglas also presented three additional awards to firms exhibiting significant workplace safety and health achievement in their unique business category. They included the Chaput Family Farm in North Troy, Okemo Resort in Ludlow, and Vermont Electric Power Company in Rutland.“These awards recognize Vermont companies who maintain workplace safety and health as a core value and believe that the profitability and viability of their business is inextricably linked to this value,” he said.Established six years ago and sponsored by Governor Douglas, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Safety & Health Council, and the Vermont Small Business Development Center, the Governor’s Award is the highest honor given by the State of Vermont to recognize an employer’s commitment to excellence in workplace safety and health. Companies making this commitment realize reduced workplace injuries and illnesses which translate into lower workers’ compensation rates, increased productivity, and increased employee morale.Applicants were required to provide documentation stating how safety has improved their business and how they made it happen, how their company assesses its safety program for effectiveness, and how they track improvement. Threshold criteria included a MOD rate of .90 or less, no workplace fatalities or catastrophic injuries for the past three years, an active safety committee involving both management and employees, plus a written safety policy.Finalists for the prestigious awards included:Pizzagalli Construction Co., South Burlington, VT;City of Burlington, Burlington, VT;Mack Molding, Arlington, VT;Nadeau Farm, Derby, VT;Addison County Transit Resources, Middlebury, VT;Northwestern Counseling & Support Services, St. Albans, VT;St. Albans Coop, St. Albans, VT; andColumbia Forest Products, Newport, VT. Source: Vermont Department of Labor. 5.20.2010
Scotland made the trip to Cardiff last year with high hopes after thrashing Australia in its final November Test, but suffered a rude awakening as Wales dished out a 34-7 thumping at the Millennium Stadium.After such a chastening thrashing on the opening weekend, Scotland showed what it is capable of by turning on the style to beat France before lifting the Calcutta Cup with a swashbuckling, long-awaited victory over fierce rival England at Murrayfield. Related News The Scots were unsurprisingly brought down to earth by all-conquering Ireland, then made hard work of edging out Italy in Rome.Coundown is on until our #GuinnessSixNations opener against Italy!Here’s a reminder of our last encounter against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. #AsOne pic.twitter.com/xfKAuopmIL— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) January 30, 2019To continue the trend, Scotland was a mixed bag in the remainder of the year and has a long list of injuries to contend with as it prepares to take on Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday.John Barclay, Richie Gray and Hamish Watson are among the key absentees, yet head coach Gregor Townsend maintains he has the strength in depth to mount a challenge.The presence of Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors in the quarterfinals of the European Champions Cup shows Scottish rugby is on the up and fullback Stuart Hogg says the national team is ready to deliver.”I think we are on the right path to achieving something incredibly special,” the British and Irish Lion said. “We have been working really hard over the last few years to get to where we are.“I truly believe we can win the Six Nations but as players we are just looking at the first game against Italy and making sure we get off to the best possible start.”Scotland has shown it can be the great entertainer and will be expected to brush Italy aside with a swagger, but the acid test will come when at home against Ireland a week later. There is an air of positivity emanating from the Scotland squad heading into the Six Nations but it must learn lessons from last year in order to mount an unlikely bid for the title.Scotland finished third in a mixed 2018 tournament that highlighted its inconsistency, having finished fourth in the previous two editions. Six Nations 2019: Team-by-team guide Next comes a trip to Paris and finishing the campaign at Twickenham following a home clash with Wales.Townsend’s men can be a match for most sides on their day and rapid wing Darcy Graham will be one to keep an eye on in his first Six Nations campaign.Yet Scotland must show it can grind it out and prove it does not have a soft center if it is to have any chance of dethroning Ireland.