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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

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Making the cut in Canada’s demolition industry

October 1, 2012 David Godkin

It’s a moment Ryan Priestly dreads every time he does a job like this. Peering down through the windshield of his high reach excavator, carefully leaning into the controls and inching the collapsed concrete slab below him upward—the sight of

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Mierau Contractors Ltd. to build new firefighting centre in B.C.

August 30, 2012 On-Site staff

Firefighters in the Village of Valemount, B.C. will be better equipped to battle blazes in the 2013 fire season. Starting this week, Mierau Contractors will begin construction on a $1.2-million firefighting centre, which will replace the Wildfire Management Branch’s current

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Crash-prone B.C. intersection gets $3 million worth of safety upgrades

August 15, 2012 On-Site staff

Members of the Saanich, B.C. community wanted its province government to improve safety at the Highway 17/Sayward Road intersection in Saanich, B.C., and today they got their wish. The intersection will be receiving $3-million worth of upgrades for improving safety,

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Awareness campaign for WSIB mandatory coverage underway

August 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) launched an awareness campaign on July 31, designed to make the construction industry aware of new rules and encourage people working in the sector to pre-register for coverage. The campaign dubbed, “Be Registered, Be Ready,” is

Canada's "Big Hooks"
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Canada’s “Big Hooks”

August 1, 2012 David Godkin

Why crane operators are a breed apart

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Orange Zone safety hits airwaves in Saskatchewan

July 17, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Province of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure launched its campaign to remind motorists to slow down to 60 km/hr in Orange Zone during the highway construction season. To listen to the Ministry’s new radio ad, click here.

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Blitz targets construction sites with cranes

July 6, 2012 Submitted by the Ontario Ministry of Labour

A 3,000-kg load of concrete descends from a tower crane into a busy intersection during rush hour. A mobile crane graces an overhead power line, electrocuting the crane operator. A tower crane tips over and crushes a worker. These catastrophic

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Cone Zone campaign underway in B.C.

July 5, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Work Zone Safety Alliance launched its 2012 Cone Zone campaign on July 3, an initiative designed to increase driver awareness when driving near roadside workers. The campaign promotes reducing speed, avoiding driver distractions and respecting the roadside at construction

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12 tips for keeping safe in the trenches

June 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

In April of 2012, a 53-year-old construction worker lost his life when he was buried alive in a tragic trenching accident in Lachine, Que., despite the best efforts of co-workers and emergency rescue staff. Working in trenches is a dangerous

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Win a FREE pair of Timberland Helix work boots with On-Site’s Give ’em the Boot Contest

May 24, 2012 by On-Site Magazine

Want to win a FREE pair of Timberland Helix work boots? Send us a photo of your beaten up old work boots to be entered in the contest. The oldest, ugliest, most abused looking pair of boots WINS! Contest deadline is May

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Taking advantage of Canada’s aging workforce

May 4, 2012 Andrew Snook

Canada’s workforce is getting older. To remain competitive on the international stage, Canadian companies will need to learn to harness the knowledge, experience and talents of its aging workforce. Ian Howcroft, vice-president, Ontario Division, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, discussed the