Business Briefs

VT Department of Labor recognizes workplace safety
The Vermont Department of Labor and Gov. Phil Scott recognized several businesses last week for their commitment to providing safe, healthy workplaces and reducing injury and illness on the job.

At the annual Vermont Safety and Health Council held in South Burlington, the Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Workplace Safety were presented by Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle and Gov. Scott to: Champlain Cable Corporation of Colchester; Global Foundries in Essex Junction; Washington Electric Cooperative in East Montpelier; and HP Cummings Construction Company of Woodsville, N.H., with operations in Vermont.

The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety is the highest honor given by the state to recognize an employer’s commitment to excellence in workplace safety and health policy.

“These exemplary businesses are protecting and investing in their most valuable assets – their hardworking employees. I am honored to have recognized these businesses today for their commitment to keeping Vermonters safe,” said Commissioner of Labor, Lindsay Kurrle.

The awards were created 15 years ago, and are sponsored by the governor, the Vermont Department of Labor, and the Vermont Safety and Health Council.

Wake Robin staffer wins statewide award
Patrick Krok-Horton, recreation services assistant at Wake Robin, was named Vermont Health Care Association’s Recreation Services Assistant of the Year at a recent ceremony. The association advocates for quality care and collaboration between Vermont’s residential care, nursing, and long-term care communities.

“To be recognized by peers and colleagues for the work you do is an amazing experience, and I’m so thankful to have the support of such a great team. I look forward to continuing to develop creative new ways to keep the residents at Wake Robin engaged and fulfilled,” Krok-Horton said.

At Wake Robin for more than six years, Krok-Horton previously worked in the Linden Health Center before joining the Resident Services Department. In his current role, he helps implement new programs and activities for residents across all care levels.

“His dedication and passion for his work and the residents shine through everything he does and his creative thinking has helped the team to develop some great new activities and programs for the residents,” said Linda Phypers, director of health services at Wake Robin. “(Patrick) is a true asset to the Wake Robin community and we are thrilled that his hard work has been acknowledged by the VHCA.”

Wake Robin is a non-profit community offering a range of living options for senior citizens ranging from independent living cottages and apartments to a residential care and skilled nursing facility.

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