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April 8, 2014

Gray Construction named safest in U.S.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has named Gray Construction of Lexington, KY. as the safest construction company in the United States in 2013.

April 4, 2014

Safety rails added to World Cup site in Brazil after worker death

Brazilian organizers are adding safety features where a worker died in the stadium hosting the World Cup opener, hoping to quickly reverse an order that halted construction in part of the venue.

April 3, 2014

Planning and reporting key to jobsite safety

For safer jobsites, companies should encourage workers to plan for the worst and report near misses, heard the audience at a recent Canadian Construction Association (CCA) panel discussion.

April 2, 2014

Worker not wearing safety cable in fatal World Cup site incident, say officials

Brazilian authorities say the initial investigation into the accident that killed a worker at the stadium that will host the World Cup opener in a few months showed he likely wasn’t wearing a required safety cable.

March 31, 2014

Workplace safety due diligence vital to everyone, says expert

Maintaining a safe workplace requires a team effort. Under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “Act”) everyone has an important role to play — employees, supervisors, constructors, management and site owners.

March 31, 2014

LIUNA ramps up safety awareness

With mandatory Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training for Workers and Supervisors coming into effect July 1, 2014, LIUNA Local 183 Training Centre is ramping up its health and safety awareness to its employer partners.

March 7, 2014

Collaboration with industry important to workplace safety improvement: Witmer

Collaboration with Ontario’s construction industry and recommitting to prevention will be key in attaining the goal of zero workplace-related death, injury or illness, said Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) chair Elizabeth Witmer at a recent industry event.

March 5, 2014

COR coming to various transit construction projects

More owners of Ontario infrastructure will require companies to have a Certificate of Recognition (COR) on certain projects moving forward, heard the audience at the recent COR Open House and Ontario General Contractors Association Leadership Conference.

February 6, 2014

Health and safety a focus for new TCA chair

The Toronto Construction Association’s (TCA) new chairman Romeo Milano aims to make construction health and safety the theme of his yearlong tenure.

January 29, 2014

OGCA and IHSA team up to roll out CoR

The Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) and the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA) are joining forces to promote the Certificate of Recognition (CoR) safety program at an IHSA open house/OGCA leadership conference Feb. 26 in Mississauga

January 19, 2006

New safety audit certificate opens doors

Abiding by new national safety audit standards for all construction sectors will make it easier for small and medium sized contractors to get work outside Ontario.

January 19, 2006

Ontario clamps down on

Construction companies caught violating provincial health and safety regulations in Ontario can expect more than a rap on the knuckles this year as the government toughens its stand on rule breakers.

January 19, 2006

Interior systems contractors boast low accident rates

One group of contractors that doesn’t fear the Ministry of Labour’s move to clamp down on contractors breaking health and safety regulations is the Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario (ISCA).

January 19, 2006

Not all safety guidelines are created equal

The Illinois-based American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has released workplace safety tips aimed at helping reduce injuries and illnesses for women in the construction industry.

January 19, 2006

Safety inspectors having a positive impact

The province is making good on its promise to hire additional Ministry of Labour health and safety inspectors to cut down on workplace injuries and deaths.

January 19, 2006

Construction fashions for women

Entrepreneur Elizabeth Johnston, proprietor of Toronto’s Working Woman Workwear, has come up with a better mousetrap: coveralls and other protective clothing specifically designed for the female form.

January 19, 2006

Butting out on the job site

Workplace smoking legislation has largely bypassed the construction industry on the assumption that any smoking takes place in the open air.

January 19, 2006

Musculoskeletal Disorder

The Ontario Ministry of Labour is rolling out a new program to help reduce work-related musculoskeletal injuries. Its Pains and Strains campaign will use a combination of education and enforcement to reduce these injuries.

January 19, 2006

On the fringe of nanotech safety

As applications of nanotechnology change the composition and properties of materials construction workers handle every day, questions about worker safety continue to arise.

January 19, 2006

Keep your shirt on? It’s not law in Canada - yet

Last year, the European Parliament (EP) was at loggerheads over controversial legislation intended to protect outdoor workers — including construction workers — from exposure to sunlight.

January 19, 2006

Reporting unsafe work conditions

Ontario workers who report unsafe working conditions to the authorities have the benefit of protection from any reprisals from employers.

January 19, 2006

Electronic safety training gains momentum

Bob Christie, a partner in Edmonton-based Christie Communications Ltd., says safety training has come a long way from the 1970s when a colleague was asked by a manager at a coal mine: “Are we running a coal mine here or a f***ing college?”

January 19, 2006

WHMIS training essential in construction safety

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) has been in place since 1988, classifying hazardous products in the workplace and training workers to recognize and interpret safety data.

January 19, 2006

Prepare your company for increased MOL

Now more than ever, Ontario construction companies need to take a hard look at how health and safety is being managed in the workplace, and take proactive steps to mitigate the potential consequences of Ontario’s enforcement onslaught.

January 19, 2006

Safety training stepped up in oil sands, chemical valley

New construction projects in both the Sarnia area and in Fort McMurray, Alberta have one thing in common — safety training is a priority for the thousands of construction workers entering area workforces.

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