New Flyer Hosts Kickoff of SAFE Work Manitoba’s 5-Year Prevention Strategy
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – October 30, 2017: (TSX: NFI) New Flyer Industries Canada ULC (“New Flyer”), the Canadian subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (“NFI Group”), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, today hosted SAFE Work Manitoba (“SAFE Work”) at its Winnipeg-based manufacturing facility for a promotional event of SAFE Work’s five-year Occupational Disease and Illness Prevention Strategy.
The strategy addresses some of the most severe health conditions a Manitoba worker could experience and works closely with employers, workers, and safety professionals to identify exposure risks as well as industry-specific approaches to disease and illness prevention. SAFE Work recently profiled New Flyer in the promotion of the new strategy, highlighting New Flyer’s recent and extensive upgrades to its weld shop in the Winnipeg facility, to further protect employees from welding gases and fumes.
“SAFE Work Manitoba is pleased to profile New Flyer Industries in the Occupational Disease and Illness Prevention Strategy,” says Jamie Hall, Chief Operating Officer for SAFE Work Manitoba. “As a well-known safety leader in manufacturing and in the safety community in Manitoba, I’d like to commend New Flyer on its weld shop upgrades, which demonstrate a practical and effective approach to reducing the risk of illness and injury to workers.”
New Flyer’s upgrades included supplying welders with air respirators and powered air purifying respirators, closing off the weld shop from the rest of the plant, and giving the shop its own heating and ventilation system. New Flyer staff are now protected from toxic gases and fumes, and overall ambient air inside the shop is improved.
“We take our obligation to protect employees very seriously and are 100% committed to providing a healthy and safe workplace,” states Janice Harper, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, NFI Group. “Our Operational Excellence Program is committed to creating world-class product in world-class facilities, and a cornerstone of that commitment is worker safety.”
SAFE Work Manitoba is the public agency dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness. It provides education, safety programming, consulting, and strategic direction to create a genuine culture of safety for all Manitobans.
About NFI Group
NFI Group is the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, with 31 fabrication, manufacturing, distribution, and service centers across Canada and the U.S. employing over 5,800 team members.
It is North America’s heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the largest transit bus product line under the brand Xcelsior®, incorporating the broadest range of drive systems available, including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, trolley-electric, and battery-electric. NFI Group actively supports over 44,000 heavy-duty transit buses (New Flyer, NABI, and Orion) currently in service, of which 6,400 are powered by electric and battery propulsion.
NFI Group is also North America’s motor coach market leader offering the Motor Coach Industries Inc. (MCI) J-Series, the industry’s best-selling intercity coach for 11 consecutive years, and the MCI D-Series, the industry’s best-selling motor coach line in North American history. MCI is also the exclusive distributor of Daimler’s Setra S 417 and S 407 motor coaches in the United States and Canada. MCI actively supports over 28,000 coaches currently in service.
NFI Group also operates North America’s most comprehensive parts organization, NFI Parts™, providing parts, technical publications, training, and support for its OEM product lines (transit buses and motor coaches). All buses and coaches are also supported by an industry-leading comprehensive warranty, service, and support network.
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