How does working in safety make you a better person? When presented this question, I wasn’t quite sure how to answer. I know my work at Levitt-Safety allows me to help make a difference to whoever might stumble across a blog, receive an email or see a post on social media. But, what about for those who work “boots on the ground”, trying to make Canada a safer place to live and work each day?
I took to my colleagues and this is what I found. Across over 350 employees, 18 locations from coast to coast and over 85 years of experience, I was humbled to see these answers from our phenomenal safety workforce.
20 years in the industry
“Working in the safety industry has made me a better person through the fantastic people I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with over my career. The people in our industry are passionate, really care and are genuinely nice. I’d like to think some of that has rubbed off on me.”
– Bruce Levitt, President and CEO – Oakville, Ont.
30+ years in the industry
“Individuals working long-term in the safety business share the same mission of helping workers return home every night with everything intact. This mission makes competitors become friends and results in great relationships that last a life time.”
– Jack Miedema, Market Segment Manger – Emergency Services – Calgary, Alta.
30+ years in the industry
“Safety is no longer one of my primary concerns in business. It’s my business. I no longer have to worry whether I’m allowed to do my job safely, but how I may help others do theirs. This makes me a better person since I no longer have to focus on just my wellbeing and am able to help many people work safely.”
– Mark Dumais, Technical Design Specialist – Sudbury, Ont.
40 years in the industry
“Working in safety has made me a better person by making me more aware of my own surroundings in the office, at home and while I’m out and about. It has allowed me to better identify situations that may be hazardous. I have been able to learn about our customer’s safety requirements, and the amount of thought and care they put into their own safety internal safety policies.”
– Shannon Holder, Specialist – Account Support – Oakville, Ont.
10 years in the industry
“Who Knew? That is my response to your question. I would tell you that before I got into the safety business, I was like 99.9% of the people out there in the wide world who are really oblivious to the many hazards that exist around them all day, every day. The average person would like to think that they are pretty savvy – you know, “look both ways before you cross the street”, and that sort of thing. But I have learnt from this business that there is so much more that one has to be aware of and so many things that are silent or hidden dangers. Working in the safety business makes you more aware and as a result you find yourself looking out for the wellbeing of others without even realizing you are doing so – from your family to your friends and co-workers to your customers. You find you know things and want to share that knowledge because you know it could save a life; maybe even yours or a love one.”
– Leon O’Quinn, Service Manager – Fort McMurray, Alta.
25 years in the industry
“Working in the safety business has helped me to live deliberately; to be more present, more aware and to take purposeful action to enjoy and prolong this life for myself, my family, my friends and co-workers.”
– Chuks Ezeokafor, Director of IT – Oakville, Ont.
One year in the industry
“Working in the safety business has made me more aware of my surroundings and the potential for accidents. It makes you really stop, look and think about what you’re about to do. It also makes you look at others around you and gives you the confidence to suggest a safer way.”
– Helen Taylor, National Service Admin Manager – Edmonton, Alta.
5 years in the industry
The people behind these quotes have over 160 years of collective experience – and that’s just a snapshot of our company.
If you’re interested in joining the movement, take a look at our current career opportunities or partnership with Threads of Life. We’re always looking for passionate people to join our team across Canada.