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Ontario Construction Safety Action Plan released
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Construction Safety Action Plan update released in Ontario

July 18, 2015 STAFF REPORT

Plan outlines what ministry inspectors will focus on

General alert issued for those using mast-climbing work platforms
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Alert issued for mast-climbing work platforms

July 18, 2015 STAFF REPORT

Ministry suggests additional best practices

Ontario labour inspectors target trench safety
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Summer inspection blitz targets construction trench hazards

July 14, 2015 STAFF REPORT

59 workers killed, critically injured in trench accidents in past 6 years

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Construction health and safety advisory group named for Ontario

May 28, 2015 STAFF REPORT

Ontario Ministry of Labour has established a Construction Health and Safety Advisory Group to work with the Minister of Labour’s Parliamentary Assistant Mike Colle and the province’s Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis to provide strategic advice on how to best

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Contractors need to be prepared for a visit from Ontario College of Trades

May 3, 2015 STAFF REPORT

Briefing note prepares for enforcement officer visit

Federal government funding is available for a variety of in-house and external employee training programs
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Construction firms qualify for Canada Job Grant program

March 9, 2015 by On-Site Magazine

Federal funding for job training is just an application away for construction sector companies in Canada. The Canada Job Grant program provides funding for training programs offered by eligible third-party trainers, such as community or career colleges, trade union centres

Lack of PPE and no guardrails topped the list of violations during recent fall prevention blitz by Ontario Ministry of Labour
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Ministry issues 6500 orders during fall prevention blitz

March 2, 2015 STAFF REPORT

Missing guardrails, no PPE biggest violations

New safety manual for aggregates sector
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New safety manual for aggregates sector

February 26, 2015 STAFF REPORT

The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association has created a new a new Safe Work Practices for the Aggregates Industry. This manual, based on resources from the former Mines and Aggregates Safety and Health Association, provides workers in the aggregates industry

Ontario has introduced new working at heights training regulations
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Ontario approves new working-at-heights training requirements for construction projects

February 4, 2015 STAFF REPORT

New rules as of April 1, with two years to comply

Ontario study reveals number of workplace injuries on the decline; employers credited with investing in education and prevention
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Work-related injury rates on the decline in Ontario, study shows

February 2, 2015 STAFF REPORT

Employer investment, awareness credited for improvement

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‘Transient’ construction labour force slows growth potential: Study

January 6, 2015 STAFF REPORT

Workers chasing ‘short-term’ contracts creating long-term shortage

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Crane crashes into Thunder Bay courthouse

May 22, 2013 STAFF REPORT

No one was injured after a 90-ton crane toppled into the new Thunder Bay courthouse early Monday morning. According to a report from the CBC, workers were sent home and construction was shut down by 10 a.m. as the Ontario

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Pure Technologies awarded $1.2M contract

January 2, 2013 On-Site staff

Pure Technologies Ltd. has been awarded a contract by the Regional Municipality of York in Ontario for condition assessment and project management services for a water main that provides drinking water to the region. The contract is worth approimxately $1.2

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Chilliwack East Dike to receive more than $2M in upgrades

December 28, 2012 On-Site staff

The Chilliwack East Dike in Chilliwack, B.C. will be receiving $2.34 million worth of upgrades, courtesy of the provincial and federal governments. The upgrades are designed to increase flood protection for more than 40,000 residents living in the flood plain,

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College of Trades accepting ratio review submissions for Group D

December 18, 2012 On-Site staff

The Ontario College of Trades is accepting written submissions regarding appropriate journeyperson-to-apprenticeship ratios for the following trades:  Group D-17: Drywall, acoustic & lathing operator; Drywall finisher and plasterer (Deadline: February 1, 2013 at 2 p.m.) Group D-18: Electrician: construction and

The Ladder Association, the U.K.-based trade body responsible for advancing safety and best practice in the ladder industry, started a competition on Sept. 1, 2012, to raise awareness of unsafe ladder practices. Image provided by The Ladder Association.
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U.K. Ladder Association names biggest “ladder idiot”

December 12, 2012 On-Site staff

The Ladder Association, the U.K.-based trade body responsible for advancing safety and best practice in the ladder industry, started a competition on Sept. 1, 2012, to raise awareness of unsafe ladder practices. The association asked the public to submit photos

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Aecon receives Certificate of Recognition in Ontario from IHSA

December 4, 2012 On-Site staff

The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) recently presented Aecon with the Certificate of Recognition (COR) in Ontario. According to the IHSA website, companies that obtain the COR certification have the ability to “demonstrate to buyers of construction that their

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WSIB premiums to increase in 2013

October 31, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board will increase premiums by 2.5 per cent across the board in 2013 to help the organization manage $14.2 billion in unfunded liability. According to the WSIB website, the 2013 premium rate increase will assist

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RFQ issued for Toronto public health laboratory

October 12, 2012 On-Site staff

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has issued a request for qualifications for the construction of Public Health Ontario’s (PHO) Toronto public health laboratory at MaRS Centre Phase 2, located in the city’s Discovery District. The facility will be designed as a flexible

The Deh Cho Bridge will replace the Merv Hardle ferry in the summer months and the Mackenzie River Ice Crossing during the winter. Photo courtesy of the Government of the Northwest Territories.
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Bridge over icy waters

October 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

Crews battle Great White North to build permanent crossing over Mackenzie River