Knappett Projects safety manager Cori Coutts celebrates her recognition for COVID-19 safety by the B.C. Construction Association with John Knappett. (Photo courtesy of BCCA)

Knappett Projects safety manager Cori Coutts celebrates her recognition for COVID-19 safety by the B.C. Construction Association with John Knappett. (Photo courtesy of BCCA)

Victoria worker honoured for commitment to COVID safety

Safety manager Cori Coutts has helped to keep Knappett Projects jobsites COVID-free

A Victoria worker is being recognized for her dedication to safety in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cori Coutts, safety manager at Knappett Projects, is one of four individuals singled out by the B.C. Construction Association (BCCA) for their leadership and contributions to COVID-19 safety in the industry.

Coutts oversaw the field team’s creation, implementation, and maintenance of safe job sites during the pandemic, with no COVID-19 cases reported on any Knappett sites.

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“For the first time in history, Knappett’s field staff were essential workers, and they were proud of it,” said Kathy Price, contract administrator at Knappett, who nominated Coutts.

Coutts and her team immediately bought into the new procedures, maintaining and promoting the practices to all trades on site.

“They went above and beyond the public health orders, even building hot water wash stations that will remain in place well after COVID,” according to a release from the BCCA. “They wore their masks every minute, did the paperwork every single day, and made their sites COVID free.”

Because of these efforts Knappett was able to keep building important community projects, including homes for vulnerable people and wastewater treatment infrastructure.

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“These awards showcase just a few of the thousands of individuals that kept our industry going through the pandemic, workers who understand the importance of both mental and physical safety and have acted under extreme pressure with integrity and professionalism,” said BCCA president Chris Atchison.


 

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