Two workers at Cosmo Specialty Fibers were honored this month by the Pulp and Paper Safety Association.
Derek Hamblin, a brown washerman, and Robert Crosby, a mechanical supervisor for contractor Greenberry Industrial, were both honored by the industry association on Dec. 4.
“They do tremendous work. For instance, Derek, he’s leader of the confined space rescue team,” Vice-President Robert Buchan said. “That’s when you go into a digester, a big tank where it’s confined and it’s quite dangerous if you’re in there and you’re overcome by a gas. If something happens, it’s quite dangerous to get in and out.”
Hamblin earned one of six safety advocate awards.
“You get it if you’re above and beyond in what you do at your place of work in terms of safety,” Buchan explained.
Hamblin has taken charge of the company’s emergency training.
“We used to contract a lot of emergency response training out, and he’s gone ahead and learned it and gotten certified to teach it,” Buchan said.
In his free time, Hamblin serves as a volunteer emergency medical technician.
Crosby doesn’t work for Cosmo but is a full-time contractor for Greenberry in the Cosmo mill.
“He’s on our hot work confined space mobile equipment safety systems, he’s volunteer on on-site training, for contractor orientation, man lift training, mill walkout training,” and more, Buchan said.
Buchan also noted Greenberry has gone two years without an injury or lost time, “which is really impressive considering they’re working on mill sites.”
The safety association honors workers in nine categories at its conference, attended by about 350 people from 40 companies.
“I believe these are the first ones (to be honored) as Cosmo. We are very, very proud of them,” Buchan said.