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Feb. 15, 2018 - British Columbia will gradually hike its minimum hourly wage to get to $15.20 by June 2021.
Feb. 6, 2018 -  Just in time for the fifth anniversary of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) have collaborated to create StressAssess, a free online survey tool to assist workplaces in identifying and addressing psychosocial hazards that can lead to stress and mental injury.
Feb. 2, 2018 - Consider this fact: About 30 percent of the construction and farm machinery manufactured in the United States is eventually shipped and sold into another foreign country.
Sometimes we have to face certain truths in life, and I’m sure you’ve heard a few of them: life isn’t fair, the book is always better and the Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t won a cup since 1967 (but this is the year).
I am a 20-year member of Toastmasters International. Each year, we get together for a spring convention and a fall conference. Our last district meeting was in Medicine Hat at a small hotel and conference centre. I am not sharing the name of the venue, as this story is pretty darn sad.
The electrocution death of 21-year-old Signature Events worker, Jeremy Bowley, in 2013 continues to reverberate around southern Ontario four years later. The inquest into the accident, where Bowley touched a power line with a tent pole resulting in his death and injuries to two other workers, concluded at the end of last year and issued eight recommendations as reported in the London Free Press.
Politicians in Saskatchewan have responded to reports of vehicles with Saskatchewan plates being sent away from Alberta construction sites with a ban of their own, igniting a war of words between the provinces. 
We talk a lot here about the importance of communicating the safety message to your staff. Developing a good presentation style is one of the tools you and your safety officer can use to make sure the message gets through. Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
Is it just me, or does it seem like almost every business out there always preaches about how good their customer service is but, when it comes down to it, it feels like nothing more than lip service?
Saw a familiar complaint on social media today from a small business owner asking for ideas on how to meet prospective clients. They mentioned that everyone advises them to attend public gatherings where their clients might be, but that these gatherings were often “not worth it.” Not knowing what business the person is in, I can’t address the quality of the gatherings they attend, but this comment is common enough across every industry I’ve been involved with to merit a general response.
Toronto, Ontario – October 26, 2017Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) and CCCC International Holding Limited (CCCI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which CCCI will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Aecon for $20.37 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value of $1.51 billion.
Oct. 2, 2017 - For even the most seasoned used construction and mining equipment buyers, navigating the waters of the EPA’s Tier 4 mandates can be daunting. To provide assistance, the Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) has released a free, downloadable white paper: Advice from the Experts: Getting the Best Pricing on Used Equipment in the Era of Tier 4.
Sept. 13, 2017 - Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board says that—after conducting a multi-year engagement with experts and stakeholders—it is changing the way the board calculates employer premium rates, adding the process will be easier for employers to understand, and more accurately reflect the risks associated with operating their businesses.
Sept. 5, 2017 - EquipmentWallet, an online equipment financing marketplace, has announced the launch of its new website: www.equipmentwallet.com. The site connects small businesses seeking equipment financing and leasing with the best equipment finance companies sui ted to their needs.
Mismanagement of racking can lead to safety concerns. Without proper planning and design, moving material on and off racking systems by hand or with the use of lifting devices such as a pallet or lift truck can place workers at risk. Injury may occur due to poorly stacked or falling material, slips and trips, overreaching or being struck by other lifting devices.
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