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An Oliver winery has been recognized for promoting the health and safety of its workers.

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards recently received Canada’s Safest Employers Award, 2016 in the hospitality category.

“We are truly honoured and proud to receive this accolade,” said CEO and president Sandra Oldfield. “The award is a huge accomplishment. Our winery is small in comparison to others who have won this award in previous years and our business operations are wildly diverse.”

From vineyard farming to winemaking production, outdoor events, guided hikes and summer concerts, Tinhorn Creek welcomes some 60,000 visitors a year who want to see it all up close.

The company’s rigorous health and safety programs have to address broad concerns including things like over consumption, rattlesnake encounters, heat stroke and tractor safety.

“We live in the stunning Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, where land is expensive and so are the grapes, but I can tell you unequivocally, it is our people that are our most valued resource,” said Oldfield,

"The health and safety of all of our employees is one of our top priorities and we wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the hard work and dedication they show every single day.”

Oldfield's hope is that the recognition for Tinhorn Creek will spur other wineries to think about their safety programs and make changes that benefit employees in the industry.

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