IRL Construction wins ICBA’s top safety award
By Adam FreillConstruction Equipment Technology Health & Safety
Company’s safety system casts a new light on worker safety in B.C.
IRL Construction’s new intelligent illumination safety system has earned the company the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association’s (ICBA) 2022 Gord Stewart Workplace Health and Safety Innovation Award.
The illumination system was developed with FHOSS, a company based in the U.K., and includes intelligent lighting on several pieces of equipment. It includes lights for hard hats, making workers more visible, lights for working equipment, and the Halo Exclusion Zone, a lit-up box that keeps people clear of moving equipment.
“As a company, we wanted to take extra steps to ensure workplace safety, especially around heavy equipment,” said IRL Construction CEO William Donnellan. “We find the exclusion zone is especially helpful for new workers who may not be aware of the appropriate distances to work safely. And it serves as a reminder for even our most seasoned workers.”
“IRL’s lighting innovation is exactly the kind of innovative idea aimed at making the workplace safe that we want to honour with our award,” said ICBA president Chris Gardner. “Every day, 250,000 men and women go to work on a construction site in B.C., and our number one priority as an industry is to make sure every single one of them gets home safely. IRL’s leadership in using illumination to better identify danger zones helps keeps workers safe.”
Awarded in partnership with WorkSafeBC and named for former ICBA president Gord Stewart, ICBA’s Workplace Health and Safety Innovation Award is presented annually to individuals and companies for campaigns and innovations aimed at preventing workplace incidents, injuries and illnesses.