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Lakehead Painting Company, Inc. Wins 22nd Annual Corporate Safety Award

Superior company to be honored during annual Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference and Expo in Wisconsin Dells May 17-18

Madison – The Wisconsin Safety Council, the state’s leading provider of safety training and programming, and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will honor Lakehead Painting Company, Inc. as one of 15 companies to win this year’s Wisconsin Corporate Safety award.
“This year’s winners embody the success stories that make Wisconsin one of the safest states to work” said Janie Ritter, director of the Wisconsin Safety Council. “We would like to congratulate the winning companies along with all the finalists as they are true models to businesses across the state of what it means to make the safety of their employees a priority each and every day”.
The winners were chosen based on information they provided on their organization’s safety and health leadership, training and implementation programs, and employee participation. Their applications also included information on their safety accomplishments and goals. The applications were judged by an independent panel of 45 safety, insurance and human resource professionals.
“On behalf of the State of Wisconsin, I congratulate this year’s Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award winners who are leading by example and understand the importance of safety both in and around the workplace,” said Department of Workforce Development Secretary Ray Allen.
Lakehead Painting is a family-owned industrial and commercial painting contractor with the majority of their painting, abrasive blasting and fiber glass projects executed in the oil and gas industry. Averaging just one recordable injury every 4.5 years, and no injuries in 2015, Lakehead Painting has proven their commitment to their employees’ safety with the implementation of SafeStart, a program promoting personal self-awareness and personal accountability with a focus on critical error reduction techniques.  Lakehead Painting has implemented extraordinary investments in technology and equipment to ensure employees’ ergonomics are assessed before physical problems arise. Lakehead Painting is striving to continue their safety efforts and success of their streak of 10 years and one million hours worked without a lost time or restricted duty injury.
“Lakehead Painting is excited and honored to receive such a prestigious safety award for the fourth straight year. Our team of supervisors, foreman, and field crew have made an outstanding and conscious effort over the last several years to get our safety culture and safety program to the exceptional level it is at today. Receiving the Corporate Safety Award really validates their efforts and our entire crew should be proud of their accomplishments,” said Ryan Vieau, Vice President at Lakehead Painting Company.
The awards will be presented during the 74th annual Wisconsin Safety and Health Conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on May 17-18, 2016.
Founded in 1923, the Wisconsin Safety Council is Wisconsin’s leading provider of workplace safety training and programming and is dedicated to saving the lives of Wisconsin workers. As the state chapter of the National Safety Council, WSC is the educational division of the Wisconsin Manufacturers’ Association and the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. Representing more than 4,000 organizations across the state, WSC provides training, products, certification, research, resources and collaboration for the thousands of safety and health professionals in Wisconsin.
For more information, contact the Wisconsin Safety Council at 800-236-3400 or visit
Ryan Vieau,
Janie Ritter,, 608-661-6930




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