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Occupational Health and Safety

April 21, 2014

B.C. labour minister calls for WorkSafeBC reforms

Massive changes are needed at WorkSafeBC to restore public confidence in the worker protection agency's investigations after two deadly sawmill blasts have failed to result in charges, says Labour Minister Shirley Bond.

April 21, 2014

Early stages of concrete pump operator certification being developed in B.C.

A joint proposal for concrete pump operator certification is being developed by the B.C Construction Safety Alliance and the B.C. Ready-Mixed Concrete Association.

April 21, 2014

Calgary firm fined $35,000 for workplace injury

Calgary, Alberta-based Man Shield Construction Inc. has pleaded guilty in Saskatoon Provincial Court to one charge in relation to the serious injury of a worker and fined $35,000 under occupational health and safety legislation.

April 16, 2014

Learning to dig safely can save lives

Beneath the surface of the earth runs a complicated labyrinth of pipes and cables transporting anything from oil and gas to electricity and telecommunication services.

April 16, 2014

Journal of Commerce Preview for the week of April 21st, 2014

In this week's preview, we look at some of the stories we'll be covering in the Journal of Commerce for the week of April 21st, 2014.

April 14, 2014

Police investigating suspicious fire at Edmonton site

A fire at a condominium development under construction in Edmonton was set deliberately, which is the second case of arson at a residential site in the southwest of the city in less than a year.

April 14, 2014

Concrete industry unites to spread sustainability message

A comprehensive collection of groups have formed the Concrete Council of Canada (CCC), a 14-member bloc that intends to educate the public about the concrete advantage.

April 14, 2014

Alberta worker dies

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is investigating after a man was crushed and killed while delivering building materials to a hardware store in southern Alberta.

April 14, 2014

Concrete toboggans take the plunge

The 40th anniversary of the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) featured innovative engineering from some of the top university students in the country.

April 9, 2014

City council called on for asbestos bylaw

An advocacy group in Saskatchewan has asked Saskatoon City Council to consider passing a bylaw to improve the safety of workers involved in the demolition of buildings that contain asbestos.

April 9, 2014

Worker safety includes planning and reporting

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 9, 2014

P3 proponent named for North Island Hospitals project

Tandem Health Partners has been named as the selected proponent for the North Island Hospitals project on Vancouver Island.

April 9, 2014

Nearly $1 million in fines levied against sawmill owners

WorkSafeBC has imposed more than $1 million in fines and fees against the owners of the Burns Lake sawmill that exploded, killing two workers and injuring 19 others more than two years ago.

April 9, 2014

Flaggers meet with transportation minister

Members of the local flaggers association in B.C. are feeling positive about a meeting with the provincial minister of transportation in which they discussed the need to double fines for speeding in construction zones.

April 9, 2014

Roundtable attempts to balance economy and environment

The B.C. government has established a roundtable of representatives from communities, industry, labour, First Nations and the environmental sector to discuss ways to balance economic development with environmental protection.

April 7, 2014

Panel rules against random drug testing

Canada's largest private sector union is applauding a decision by an Alberta arbitration panel that random drug and alcohol testing of all employees at a Suncor site near Fort McMurray violates the fundamental rights of workers to privacy, respect and dignity in the workplace.

April 2, 2014

Workplace deaths must be prosecuted

B.C. was recently given the opportunity to take a critical step forward in workplace safety when opposition labour critic and NDP MLA Harry Bains introduced a motion calling for the government to pursue the prosecution of corporate executives and directors responsible for workers' health and safety in cases of negligence causing workplace death or serious injury.

April 2, 2014

Criminal prosecution for executives gains support

Construction unions in B.C. are calling on the provincial government to support proposed legislation that would include the criminal prosecution of corporate executives responsible for the injury or death of workers.

April 2, 2014

Dover oilsands project receives Alberta cabinet approval

Brion Energy Corporation has received final approval from the Alberta cabinet to start construction of an oilsands project near Fort McMurray, Alberta, after a deal was reached with a local First Nation to drop its opposition to the plan.

March 31, 2014

Best wood design honoured at gala

The 10th anniversary of B.C. Wood Design Award recognized leadership and innovation in wood design.

March 31, 2014

Six storey wood buildings could be coming to Ontario

Six-storey wood buildings could be coming to Ontario this year, as the provincial government moves forward on a proposal to make amendments to the Building Code.

March 31, 2014

B.C. flaggers still looking for fines to be doubled

Members of the local flaggers association in B.C. are preparing to meet with the provincial minister of transportation next month to discuss the need for new laws that double the fine for drivers who are caught speeding in construction zones.

March 26, 2014

Bird preferred for hospital project

B.C. Interior Health has named Bird Construction as its preferred proponent to design and build the new Clinical Services Building (CSB) at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C.

March 26, 2014

Saskatchewan boosts capital spending in latest budget

The Saskatchewan Budget 2014 will generate a surplus while maintaining capital spending on the construction of infrastructure and increasing support for apprenticeship training.

March 24, 2014

Fire breaks out during Calgary asphalt shingle plant demolition

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) are investigating a fire at a shingle manufacturing facility in Calgary earlier this month.

March 24, 2014

Drones could be coming to a construction site near you

Is using drones at construction sites an idea that will fly? Richard Evans thinks so.

March 24, 2014

SaskTenders website officially launched

A new website provides information on procurement opportunities for the Saskatchewan government and Crown corporations, as well as municipal, academic, school and health sectors.

March 24, 2014

Provinces agree on safety designation

The B.C. Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) and the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) recently announced they are close to finalizing an agreement that will recognize the National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) designation in B.C. as well as Alberta, where it was created. In British Columbia, the designation will be B.C. NCSO.

March 24, 2014

Drug and alcohol treatment can bring workers back to the job

There is no hard data, but anecdotal evidence suggests drug and alcoholic dependence is a growing problem in the B.C. construction industry, but there is help for those afflicted.

March 24, 2014

Gas line strike in Vancouver forces evacuation of area

An excavator involved in the construction of a highrise tower in downtown Vancouver severed a gas line, which resulted in the evacuation of surrounding buildings.

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