What is the Certificate of Recognition (COR)?

COR is an initiative program that recognizes and rewards employers who go beyond the legal requirements of the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation by taking a best practices approach to implementing health, safety, and return-to-work (RTW) programs. The program promotes the concept of managing health and safety equally with other components necessary for a successful business, such as profitability and productivity. We are one of the few companies that have COR™ certification in both B.C. and Alberta.

Our COR certification demonstrates our serious commitment to job safety. We regularly review our training program as conditions change. We also perform internal audits on an annual basis to maintain our high safety standards. Also, every second year an external audit is conducted so as to ensure COR values are being met in an unbiased way.

While on-time completion and cost controls are important, worker safety is at the forefront of every job. We work with friends, husbands, sons, and daughters, all of whom deserve to be safe on the job. Our track record and commitment to safety training is one of the best in the business because we train and empower each employee. From our on-site workers, to our field management team, the responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of all on-site personnel remains a commitment from everyone involved in the project.

Our health and safety management system is designed to minimize the incidence of employee injury and illness. This is accomplished through identifying, assessing, and controlling risks to workers in a workplace environment. Health and safety management systems vary across different industries and in different workplaces but we believe our program at Lake Excavating is one of the most successful programs in the industry as we regularly score above 95% on all internal and external B.C. and Alberta audits. Despite our success in this area, we continually strive to improve our standards. We are continually reviewing our training program as conditions change in an effort to consistently protect those at work for Lake Excavating.

What Is COR™?

The COR™ accreditation is very similar to OHSAS 18001 in industry standards and in the sense that we are partners in injury reduction. COR™ promotes health and safety through partnerships with safety associations, industry groups, employers, educational institutions and labor organizations. The Certificate of Recognition Program (COR™) is an occupational health and safety accreditation program that verifies a fully implemented safety & health program that meets national standards.  The objectives of COR™ are to provide industry employers with an effective safety and health management system to reduce incidents, accidents and injuries as well as their associated human and financial costs. COR™ is nationally trademarked and endorsed by participating members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA). Achieving and maintaining a valid COR™ is required to earn a financial incentive through the WCB’s Partnerships in Injury Reduction program.