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WorkSafe Bulletin: Improperly secured vehicles put workers at risk

October 4, 2016 WorkSafeBC

Since 2006, more than 220 workers have been seriously injured by improperly secured vehicles in British Columbia. Sixteen of these incidents were fatal. These incidents have occurred in a wide range of industries, including log hauling and other forestry operations,

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WorkSafe Bulletin: Best practices for tower crane inspection

September 26, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

A tower crane operator had just finished hoisting formwork from the upper level of a concrete residential high-rise to its first level, and was hoisting the load block while advancing the trolley toward the mast. Without warning, the empty hook,

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Inquest into the death of construction worker Justin Wilson scheduled for October

September 21, 2016 On-Site Magazine

David Cameron, regional supervising coroner for North Region, Sudbury Office, announced September 20th that an inquest will be held into the death of Justin Wilson. Wilson, 29, died on June 21, 2013, from injuries received during the course of his

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EllisDon supports the Tour of Alberta

September 6, 2016 On-Site Magazine

EllisDon continued its support as a premier sponsor at the fourth annual Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial. The Tour of Alberta is a five-day stage race, with approximately 120 of the world’s best cyclists racing across Alberta’s beautiful

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OCS Rresearch draws international safety exposure

September 5, 2016 Ontario Construction Secratariate

The Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) is sharing its union safety message south of the border this week. Attending the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) Annual National Health and Safety Conference in Kissimmee, Florida, OCS director of research Katherine Jacobs

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EllisDon restores hope and community in Fort McMurray

August 29, 2016 EllisDon

  When a wildfire, a blaze known as “The Beast”, swept through Fort McMurray, Alberta, in the spring of 2016, it destroyed homes, displaced people, and devastated entire communities. Among the affected was Northern Lights Regional Health Centre (NLRHC), a 136-bed

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Operating engineers ratify new agreement with contractors

June 13, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Members of Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers have ratified a new three-year Provincial Collective Agreement with contractors. Union members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the agreement at ratification meetings held across the province on June 9,

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Lafarge educates cyclists on blind spots around concrete trucks during bike-to-work week

June 13, 2016 On-Site Magazine

More than 11,500 cyclists who participated in the HUB’s Bike to Work week May 30 – June 5th in Metro Vancouver benefited from Lafarge Canada Inc.’s event sponsorship and safety education. Lafarge operates over 100 ready-mix concrete trucks which travel throughout

Replacing the 250,000 skilled labour retirees is an ongoing challenge faced by the construction sector. Industry can't afford to let up on recruitment, whether it's attracting young people, workers from other industries, or from outside the country.
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Ontario taking action to protect young workers

May 31, 2016 On-Site Magazine

As young people across Ontario start looking for summer jobs, Ontario is launching several initiatives to protect young workers in seasonal, part-time or temporary employment. Workers that are new to their job, including young workers, are three times more likely

The city of Montreal has released a 3-year, $5.2 billion infrastructure budget plan that includes billions in road improvements
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Ontario drivers ignore road rules, threatening safety of construction workers

May 25, 2016 ORBA

A new survey released by the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) found one in every three drivers (28%) admits that they are not always focused on the road while driving. This can lead to speeding, weaving or failing to notice

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Canada’s Building Trades Unions and Build Together pleased to support Bill C-243

May 17, 2016 Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO

OTTAWA – Canada’s Building Trades Unions & Build Together, Women of the Building Trades are pleased to support Bill C-243, an Act respecting the development of a national maternity assistance program strategy and amending the Employment Insurance Act (maternity benefits)

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Bird donates $50,000 in support of Fort McMurray wild fires

May 13, 2016 On-Site Magazine

The devastating wildfire that has swept through Fort McMurray and the surrounding area, forcing the evacuation of the city and numerous project sites and camps, is one that touches the Bird family deeply. “While countless homes and businesses have been

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Jersey of Courage takes safety to the next level

May 13, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Toronto — Rob Ellis has been telling his story for 16 years — a tragic cautionary tale to promote safer workplaces in Canada. Ellis’ 18 year-old son, David, was killed in 1999 by a workplace accident. It was only his

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Amendments strengthen Nova Scotia’s Occupational Health and Safety Act

May 3, 2016 On-Site Magazine

NOVA SCOTIA – Amendments introduced April 26, will strengthen the Occupational Health and Safety Act and help keep Nova Scotians safe at work. The changes give government additional tools and authority to enforce safety requirements for those who repeatedly violate

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Will you be ready if COR becomes mandatory?

April 26, 2016 Nate Hendley

COR certification is rapidly becoming a prerequisite for commercial contractors bidding on large projects, particularly in the Toronto area. Industry experts say COR certification could eventually become mandatory for all commercial construction jobs nationwide. The Certificate of Recognition (COR) program

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Ontario inspection blitzes and initiatives to raise employers’ awareness

April 18, 2016 Ontario Ministry of Labour

This year, the ministry is coordinating the proactive enforcement blitz and initiative schedules for the Occupational Health and Safety Program and the Employment Standards Program. Coordinating the schedules highlights the importance the ministry places on protecting workers’ rights under both

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IHSA’s Construction Health and Safety Officer program changing to meet national standard

April 18, 2016 On-Site Magazine

MISSISSAUGA—Infrastructure Health & Safety Association’s (IHSA) Construction Health and Safety Officer (CHSO) certificate has long been a standard in Ontario construction. It was designed to recognize those who have construction knowledge and practical experience in a range of health and safety

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IHSA supports Steps for Life

April 18, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

The Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support, known as Threads of Life, supports the healing journey of families who have suffered from a workplace fatality, traumatic life-altering injury, or occupational disease. In fact, Threads of Life currently supports more than

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Hydro Ottawa fined over fatal accident

March 30, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Hydro Ottawa has been convicted and ordered to pay $225,000 following the death of a worker and two others being injured when a boom truck came in contact with a live wire. In March, 2012, workers employed by a subcontractor

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The smelliest hazard of all

March 18, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

Potential danger lurks around every corner on the jobsite. Whether it is working at height, in a confined space, or even the seemingly simple chore of navigating heavy equipment on foot. It is for this reason that contractors spend millions