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Ontario gives workers extra year to renew working-at-heights training due to COVID-19 closures

March 31, 2020 On-Site Staff

More than 100,000 Ontario workers whose working-at-heights training would have expired in 2020 have been given another year to renew their certification. The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development said March 30 the mandatory retraining can be put off

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Coronavirus crisis brings construction industry’s long-standing issues with job site sanitation to forefront

March 30, 2020 David Kennedy

Hygiene and social distancing rocket to top of priority lists as job sites adjust to coronavirus protocols

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CCA lays out standardized set of health and safety protocols to help job sites contend with coronavirus

March 27, 2020 On-Site Staff

Safety-compliant jobs sites should remain open, but violators shut down, the industry group says

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Construction industry answers call from hospitals to donate in-demand protective gear

March 25, 2020 On-Site Staff, with files from The Canadian Press

The construction industry is stepping up to donate much-needed protective gear to hospitals as frontline health care staff coast to coast work to detect and treat thousands of cases of COVID-19. Though hospitals and health departments have generally downplayed concerns

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Construction labour groups raise concerns over job site safety amid outbreak

March 24, 2020 Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Construction labour groups are raising concerns about working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic as companies and governments respond with a range of strategies. The Ontario Construction Consortium, a group that advocates for construction workers, called on the Ontario government March

News Health & Safety

Job sites stay open across country, though pair of Quebec unions call for halt to construction

March 20, 2020 by David Kennedy

A flood of ordinary workers and industry groups have committed to carrying on, others have broken ranks and called for construction to stop

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No precedents put construction in ‘uncharted waters’ on force majeure clauses, coronavirus

March 19, 2020 by David Kennedy

The Canadian construction industry is entering “uncharted waters” as provincial governments declare states of emergency and Ottawa closes the country’s borders to all but vital supplies to limit the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus. Currently, job sites remain active, but

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Kitchener, Ont.-based contractor fined for pair of fall-related injuries on industrial job site

March 17, 2020 On-Site Staff

An Ontario contractor taking on a renovation project at an industrial plant in Kitchener, Ont. has been fined $55,000 for an incident that left two workers with fall-related injures in July 2018. Ball Construction Inc. pleaded guilty to falling short

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New initiative equips women in construction with properly fitting safety harnesses

March 17, 2020 On-Site Staff

More than 300 women at nearly two dozen construction companies across the U.S. will be working at heights more safely thanks to a new initiative led by tech firm Autodesk Inc. and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Officially

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Making use of technology for safer job sites

February 20, 2020 Jacob Stoller

High tech safety devices and software can’t eliminate construction risks, but they can make them more visible

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Ontario construction firm fined for fatal fall during project at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport

February 13, 2020 On-Site Staff

A siding contractor based in Rockwood, Ont. has been fined $125,000 and faces 18 months probation after a worker suffered a fatal fall on a project at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport in early 2018. Vixman Construction Ltd. was sentenced last

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Minnesota regulators give key approvals for Line 3 pipeline

February 5, 2020 The Associated Press

Minnesota utility regulators approved a court-ordered revised environmental review for Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across the state. On Feb. 3, Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission voted 3-1 to approve the environmental impact statement

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Ontario begins safety blitz inspections, focusing on construction sites

February 5, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

Ontario workplace inspectors are launching a safety blitz focusing on construction sites. The ‘blitz’ was announced by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development for the province, on Feb. 3. “We’re doing this to save lives,” McNaughton said

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OPG to explore alternatives following no vote on nuclear waste disposal site

February 5, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will need to find somewhere else to dispose of nuclear waste. On Jan. 31, members of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) First Nations voted against a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) site for low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste

News Health & Safety

Investigators lay safety violation charges in falling death at Halifax job site

January 14, 2020 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—A foreman and construction company are facing charges under Nova Scotia’s Occupational Health and Safety laws related to the falling death of a young labourer at a Halifax work site. Halifax police had earlier charged supervisor Jeff Scott Gooch with

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Concrete structure collapsing onto excavator, trapping worker leads to fine for Ontario company

December 6, 2019 On-Site Staff

A workplace incident that left an excavator operator buried in rubble for several hours has led to a $65,000 fine for an Ontario company. 1481410 Ontario Ltd., which was doing business as SL Marketing, was carrying out demolition project at

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Complex project to remove crane toppled in Halifax during Dorian cost $2M, minister says

November 29, 2019 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s transportation minister says the cost of removing a construction crane that toppled in downtown Halifax during post-tropical storm Dorian is at least $2 million. Lloyd Hines says the province is examining invoices from an engineering firm and the

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Major fine for Ontario contractor after worker killed in incident involving improper rigging

November 28, 2019 On-Site Staff

A worker death on a construction site in Listowel, Ont. has resulted in a fine of $150,000 for Kurtis Smith Excavating Inc. after a guilty plea in court Nov. 26. The incident took place in May 2018 when three workers,

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Contractor fined $125K for worker killed in truck rollover near Sudbury, Ont.

November 21, 2019 On-Site Staff

The province has fined Teranorth Construction & Engineering Ltd. $125,000 for an unusual incident involving a malfunctioning braking system that left one worker dead. The Sudbury-based contractor had completed a culvert and bridge rehabilitation project near Elliot Lake on Highway

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43-year-old worker killed by falling material on Welland, Ont. construction site

November 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

An investigation is underway after a worker on a Welland, Ont. construction site was killed by falling material Nov. 12. Police, as well as Welland Fire and emergency medical services teams, responded to an “industrial accident” Tuesday afternoon at a