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Meadows Receives Safety Awards of Excellence at Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference

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Safety committee members at Mt. Hood Meadows

  • Meadows receives Employer Award
  • Corinna Kupelwieser receives Safety and Health Professional Award

Salem, - Fifteen leaders in safety and health were honored today at the 2015 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference. A panel of industry professionals judges the awards, which honor extraordinary contributions to the field of workplace safety and health. The categories include outstanding employers, individuals, and associations.

Mt. Hood Meadows received an Employer Award, nominated by SAIF Meadows insurance carrier. The award nomination points out that the company’s injury rate has dropped significantly over the previous season. It’s the lowest injury rate on record for at least a decade at the ski resort.

“In my almost 20 years of safety consulting, the immediate improvement realized by the concentrated effort to reduce injuries is among the most impressive I’ve ever witnessed,” stated the nominator. Meadows has put time and resources into an improvement plan to change the safety culture. A revamped safety orientation covered the social, financial, and legal reasons for the safety program. 
Corinna Kupelwieser receives GOSH Safety Professional AwardSafety and Training Manager Corinna Kupelwieser was honored with a Safety and Health Professional Award for her efforts to increase safety awareness and reduce employee injuries at Meadows. Called a “change-agent” by her nominator, Kupelwieser was hired at the ski resort when injuries and associated costs were increasing. Workers were being injured in slips and falls,and injuries out on the hill including acl, collisions, and injuries while assisting guests. To tackle the problem, Kupelwieser created custom training programs and relied on data to engage supervisors and employees. 

“Responding to these challenges requires creativity, tenacity, and most of all, courage,” said nominator Scott Clark, a SAIF Corporation safety consultant. “Corinna has risen to the challenge on all counts, hitting the ball out of the park in the process.”  

Kupelwieser’s work was recently recognized by the National Ski Areas Association as a “Best Employer Education Program,” and she has presented to others in the ski industry trying to achieve similar results. She’s also an active member in the American Society of Safety Engineers Columbia-Willamette Chapter, helping solicit and direct funding for students and volunteers on a GOSH Conference committee. 

Clark said her passion for safety and injury prevention is inspirational and her programs are among the best in the country. 

“I’ve seen companies flounder for years with lackluster safety performance until that one person steps up to the plate to drive change,” he said. “Corinna is that one person.”

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, partners with the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers to sponsor the conference.

The winners this year are as follows:

Association Awards
Central Oregon Safety Association
SafeBuild Alliance

Employer Awards
City of Hillsboro
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Purdy Brush
R&H Construction

Safety Committee Awards   
Fortis Construction, Inc.
Qorvo, formerly TriQuint

Safety and Health Advocate (Team)
TriMet Bus Operators Continuous Improvement Team
Huntair Target Zero Team

Safety and Health Advocate (Individual)
Cathy Erickson, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Dan Johnson, Skanska
Judy West, Clean Water Services

Safety and Health Professional Awards
Corinna Kupelwieser, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Peter Kimbrel, Orenco Systems, Inc.

More information about the conference is on the GOSH website, www.oregongosh.com.