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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

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Ontario fines construction firm for incident involving overhead wires in Port Perry, Ont.

November 12, 2019 On-Site Staff

Coco Paving Inc. has been fined $50,000 for a workplace incident involving an excavator and energized wires, though no workers were injured. The company had been hired by Durham region to install an underground waste pipe in Port Perry, Ont.

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Toronto firefighters rescue man pinned eight storeys up on construction site

October 28, 2019 The Canadian Press

Toronto Fire say they rescued a worker who was stuck at a high-rise construction site eight storeys above ground. Capt. David Eckerman says they got the call around 10:20 a.m. Oct. 28 for a man who was pinned between an

News Health & Safety

Contractor fined $150K for injury resulting from rope snapping during Burlington, Ont. bridge work

October 11, 2019 On-Site Staff

An Ontario contractor that carries out mainly electrical work has been fined $150,000 for a worker injury during a repair project on the Burlington Canal Vertical Lift Bridge, which straddles Burlington and Hamilton, Ont. According to the province’s Ministry of

News Health & Safety

Worker, 38, dead after collision with truck at Calgary area jobsite

October 4, 2019 The Canadian Press

AIRDRIE, Alta.—RCMP say a construction worker has been killed in a job site accident just north of Calgary. Mounties and emergency medical crews were called to a residential area on the south side of Airdrie shortly before 2:30 p.m. Oct.

News Health & SafetySoftware / Hardware

Toronto’s eCompliance aims to bring safety software to more job sites as U.K. firm buys $40M stake

August 13, 2019 David Kennedy

TORONTO—A Canadian tech company focused on workplace safety is looking to grow its business in Canada and the U.S., as well as jump the Atlantic to enter the European market, following a major investment from U.K.-based Alcumus. eCompliance, which serves

News Health & Safety

Ottawa construction firm fined after backhoe hits and injures worker

July 30, 2019 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—A job site injury involving a backhoe on the Carleton University campus two years ago has resulted in a $70,000 fine for McDonald Brothers Construction Inc. The Ottawa-based company was in charge of a renovation project at 1125 Colonel By

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New CCA mentorship program connects innovators with contractors looking to test novel solutions

July 9, 2019 David Kennedy

Without the direct input of end users, innovations are often little more than solutions in search of problems

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Construction company fined for worker injured in fall off second-floor townhouse balcony

July 8, 2019 On-Site Staff

OAKVILLE, Ont.—An Ottawa-based construction company has been fined for a worker injury on a job site in the Toronto suburbs last year. MC Oakvillage GP Inc. will pay a $60,000 fine, plus the province’s standard 25 per cent victim surcharge,

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Toronto-area firm fined $200,000 after worker killed by concrete panel on downtown construction site in 2017

July 2, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—J.N.D. Erectors Ltd. has been ordered to pay a $200,000 fine for a health and safety violation that resulted in the death of a worker on a Toronto construction site. The fatal incident happened in March 2017 at a new

Product ConstructionHealth & Safety

Grote Industries offers LED hazard, warning lights for construction zones

June 13, 2019 by On-Site Magazine

Grote Industries offers  permanent, vacuum and magnetically mounted beacon lights in both regular and high profiles. Different strobe patterns are also available. Most of the company’s LED offerings draw 0.4 to 0.35 amps at 12 VDC. The company also offers

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Getting ready to take off: New rules to consider when using drones on construction sites

June 11, 2019 Katherine Ayre and Adrienne Ho

Drones can be valuable, cost-effective tools on construction sites. Typically used to conduct aerial surveys or collect data, they can also carry bitumen printers and transport payloads across long distances. As of June 1, 2019, however, drones will be subject

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Two Ottawa construction firms, site supervisors fined for death of worker on condo project site

May 31, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—Two construction companies as well as a site supervisor with each firm have been fined a combined $677,500 for the death of a worker on an Ottawa condo project site just over three years ago. The victim was struck by

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Construction accident in Alberta’s energy sector kills two workers

May 8, 2019 The Canadian Press

FOX CREEK, Alta.—A construction accident in northern Alberta has killed two workers. Source Energy Services says in a statement that the contractors died May 7 during work on additional storage capacity for what’s known as fracking sand at the company’s

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Missing pins possibly caused Seattle crane collapse that killed four, experts say

May 1, 2019 Gene Johnson. The Associated Press

SEATTLE—It appears workers who were disassembling a construction crane had prematurely removed pins securing the sections of the crane’s mast to each other, and that could explain why it toppled April 27, killing four people, experts said. Crane accident investigator