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Construction worker allegedly shot in back with nail gun on Nova Scotia job site

October 15, 2018 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs says race relations are improving in the province, but there is still a lot of work to do. Tony Ince made the comments last week after being asked about a young black

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Nipping job site impairment in the bud: Construction industry grapples with cannabis legalization

October 2, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Left high and dry, Canada’s construction industry is tackling recreational marijuana legalization with few proven tools at its disposal and the deadly threat of impairment lurking in the haze. “Cannabis changes nothing and cannabis changes everything,” says Andrew Pariser, vice

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Man arrested after scaling crane at construction site in London, Ont.

September 19, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

LONDON, Ont.—A 31-year-old man was arrested Sept. 18 after climbing a crane at a construction site in downtown London. The incident occurred just a month after emergency crews apprehended yet another crane climber near Toronto’s waterfront. Police, fire and emergency medical

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Is your job site ready for recreational cannabis?

September 4, 2018 Laura Brazil and Paola Ramirez, McMillan LLP

Many contractors fear marijuana legalization will lead to increased impairment on construction sites. Here’s what you need to know to prepare

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Toronto’s aging water infrastructure, high density lead to issues with flooding

August 22, 2018 Gabriele Roy, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Steady rain and thunderstorm warnings in Toronto this week had residents bracing for waterlogged streets and transit delays for the third time in as many weeks, with the city saying it was prepared to respond quickly to urgent needs. The

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Toronto emergency crews rescue, arrest another construction crane climber

August 16, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A woman who climbed into a crane cab near Toronto’s waterfront was apprehended early Aug. 16 after emergency task force workers conducted about an hour of negotiations and helped her descend to the ground. The incident took place at a

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Newfoundland hands out contracts for pilot program aimed at protecting roadside construction workers

August 15, 2018 by David Kennedy

ST. JOHN’S—A new pilot program designed to keep an eye on traffic passing through construction zones will soon get underway in Newfoundland and Labrador. The province’s Department of Transportation and Works said Aug. 14 that it passed out three contracts

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Ranger Design releases new shelving for work vans

August 15, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

Ranger Design has released its next generation of van shelving for tradesmen on the go. The company says its 2018 lineup is has been tested for toughness, and offers durable, rattle-free shelves that allow for better organization and efficiency during

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Construction 2.0: Technology is changing construction, the industry must change with it

July 24, 2018 Paul Struthers

The construction industry in Canada is experiencing a transformation. New technologies tailored to the space are creating greater efficiency, but labour gaps are increasing, access to capital is shrinking and a trade war with the U.S. has begun. To adapt

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Construction firm, equipment operator fined after worker run over by grader

July 23, 2018 by David Kennedy

HAMILTON, Ont.—A worker injury on a road construction site in Hamilton, Ont. has resulted in fines for Dufferin Construction Co. and the owner/operator of a equipment rental business based in Stoney Creek, Ont. CRH Canada Group, Dufferin’s parent company, and

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Orangeville, Ont. construction company fined $60K after worker injured in flash fire

June 28, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

ORANGEVILLE, Ont.—Construction company Roto-Mill Inc. has been fined $60,000 for its failure to prevent a hot asphalt-related flash fire that sent a worker to hospital with critical injuries in June 2016. Roto-Mill, based in Orangeville, Ont., pleaded guilty in court

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NEB approves modified Burnaby Terminal plans for Trans Mountain project, clearing way for construction to start

June 25, 2018 The Canadian Press

CALGARY—The National Energy Board says it has approved modified plans for the Burnaby Terminal of the Trans Mountain pipeline project, clearing a final regulatory hurdle for construction to start. The regulator says the approved variance application will significantly improve safety

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Worker rescued by firefighters after Oshawa, Ont. construction accident dies of injuries

June 22, 2018 The Canadian Press

OSHAWA, Ont.—The Ministry of Labour says a worker who was critically injured last week at a construction site in Oshawa, Ont., has died in hospital. Ministry spokeswoman Janet Deline says the worker was struck by a bucket that was attached

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Oshawa, Ont. construction worker pinned down in trench rescued by firefighters

June 20, 2018 by David Kennedy

OSHAWA, Ont.—A construction worker pinned down by heavy machinery on a construction site in the Toronto suburbs was rescued by firefighters after a major operation June 19. Oshawa Fire Services said its technical rescue team responded to the incident on

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Job sites in Quebec sit idle as crane operators protest new training rules

June 18, 2018 Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Crane operators disrupted work sites across Quebec June 18 with an illegal strike, according to the provincial agency that enforces construction labour rules. A spokeswoman for Quebec’s Construction Commission said the agency was calling on crane operators who’ve been “strongly

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Rear camera kits available for Bobcat skid-steer and compact track loaders

June 15, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Bobcat Company’s rear camera kits are now available for its skid-steer and compact track loaders. The kit offers the operator a rear view of the machine. It features a 4.3-in. LCD colour monitor, LED backlit screen, wiring harness and mounts.

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Safety on the rise for Ontario construction workers, WSIB reports

June 13, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Ontario’s construction industry is 3.7 per cent safer since 2017, according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). The agency reported a 1.6 per cent upswing across all industries in its 2018 Health and Safety Index. Construction landed in

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Man run over by bulldozer on Highway 417 construction site in Ottawa

June 12, 2018 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—A man in is critical condition after being run over by a bulldozer on an Ottawa construction site. According to the Ottawa Paramedic Service, a man in his 20s was taken to the Ottawa Hospital June 11 after an incident

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Worker killed on construction site in North Vancouver

June 6, 2018 On-Site Staff

VANCOUVER—A 24-year-old worker is dead after an incident at a North Vancouver construction site June 5. RCMP said the man was knocked down and crushed by a dump truck he had been working near. He was pronounced dead on the

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Sudbury, Ont. contractor fined $50K after worker injured in fall

May 29, 2018 by David Kennedy

THUNDER BAY, Ont.—A northern Ontario contractor has been handed a $50,000 fine for a worker injury on a Thunder Bay, Ont. jobsite in July 2016. The incident took place at the Thunder Bay International Airport, where Pioneer Construction Inc. had