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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

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Four killed in crane collapse at Google campus under construction in Seattle

April 29, 2019 Lisa Baumann And Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press

SEATTLE—Four people died and three were injured when a construction crane on the new Google Seattle campus collapsed April 27, pinning six cars underneath. One female and three males were dead by the time firefighters got to the scene, Fire

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Ontario’s controversial Bill 66 to become law, big impact expected for construction markets in several cities

April 3, 2019 by David Kennedy

The controversial bill will reclassify certain cities as “non-construction” employers, opening the door for non-union contractors to bid on public jobs

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Tower collapses at Imperial Oil’s Sarnia, Ont. facility, all workers ‘accounted for’

April 3, 2019 The Canadian Press

SARNIA, Ont.—Imperial Oil says “all workers have been accounted for” after a tower collapsed at its facility in Sarnia, Ont. on the evening of April 2. In a post on its Facebook page, the company says the tower was out

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Equipment transport firm fined for float trailer overturn that killed Brampton, Ont. worker in 2013

March 24, 2019 On-Site Staff

BRAMPTON, Ont.—A Toronto-area company that specializes in transporting heavy equipment is facing an $85,000 fine after an Ontario appeal judge sided with the crown in a case that involved a 2013 workplace death. The incident took place on May 25,

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From the editor… The hard hat – 100 years on

February 20, 2019 by David Kennedy

Sturdy, life-saving and ubiquitous, there’s nothing in construction quite like it

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Bird’s eye view: The consequences of falls from heights demand a culture shift

February 19, 2019 Jillian Morgan

It may be time to rethink working at heights from the ground up. Though some provinces have welcomed a marginal decline in accidents, falls remain a leading cause of injury for tradespeople of all stripes across the country. The most

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Assessing the future: Job site robotics are quickly gaining ground

February 18, 2019 Jacob Stoller

In the 1959 sci-fi novel Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein introduced, perhaps for the first time, the concept of the powered exoskeleton — a motor-assisted armoured suit that gives its wearer superhuman strength. Since then, exoskeletons have shown up in countless

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Ontario man killed in road construction accident north of Toronto

January 17, 2019 The Canadian Press

CALEDON, Ont.—Provincial police say they’re investigating after a man died in what they describe as an industrial accident in Caledon, Ont. Police provided few details about the incident, which they say took place the afternoon of Jan. 14 at a

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Saskatchewan company fined $80K after crane strikes scissor lift with worker inside

December 28, 2018 On-Site Staff

SASKATOON, Sask.—Crane rental agency Prairie Crane Inc. was slapped with a $80,000 fine after a worker operating a scissor lift was truck by an overhead crane. The worker suffered serious injuries to his arm and pelvis when the scissor lift

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More than just dust: Silica dust health hazards and regulations

December 7, 2018 HD Supply Brafasco

Too often, we think the inhalation hazard of someone cutting, grinding or chipping away at concrete, brick or ceramic – which produces silica dust – is only targeted to the individual doing the task. Many contractors and companies seem to

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From the editor… Tech keeps trucking

December 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

Integrating fully autonomous vehicles certainly won’t become standard on work sites for several years, but the prospect is no longer science fiction

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Silica dust on the job site: Inconsistent regulations force the industry to play catch up

December 5, 2018 Jillian Morgan

It takes decades of breathing in the fugitive dust created by drilling, cutting and grinding concrete, stone and other materials containing crystalline silica for silicosis to scar and harden the lungs. The incurable disease is one of a handful caused

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Construction workers among most vulnerable to opioid-related deaths in B.C.: study

November 14, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

OTTAWA—Construction workers in British Columbia are facing the fatal consequences of a “drug overdose crisis.” According to a Nov. 13 report by Statistics Canada, nearly 25 per cent of those employed in B.C. prior to a fatal overdose worked in

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Cannabis in the workplace: We need an accurate measure of impairment

October 24, 2018 Andrea Furlan and Nancy Carnide

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original siteNow that marijuana is legal in Canada for recreational purposes, one question

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Ontario to hold inquest into circumstances behind 2009 Metron scaffolding collapse that killed four in Toronto

October 22, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A coroner’s inquest has been called into a Toronto scaffolding collapse that claimed the lives of four men almost nine years ago. Fayzullo Fazilov, Alexsandrs Bondarevs, Vladimir Korostin and Aleksey Blumberg died when the swing stage they were on collapsed

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Toronto construction company fined $325K after worker fatally pinned by steel casing

October 18, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—A Toronto-based heavy civil construction company was fined $325,000 after a worker was killed by a runaway steel casing on a road reconstruction site in Markham, Ont. Coco Paving Inc. was handed the fine in Newmarket court Oct. 15. The

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Engineers investigate cause of fallen concrete that struck Toronto woman at Union Station

October 17, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—A woman in her 20s was struck and injured by a piece of fallen concrete at Union Station Oct. 11. The major transit hub in downtown Toronto is currently undergoing a more than $800 million revitalization project. Paramedics transported the

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JLG releases bolt-on fall arrest system for boom lifts

October 15, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

The External Bolt-On Fall Arrest System from JLG Industries, Inc. can be installed to a 36 x 72 in. or 36 x 96 in. platform mounted to a JLG boom lift. This feature allows an occupant to exit the platform