On Dec. 24, 2009, there was a catastrophic event that ultimately led to changes to the health and safety framework in Ontario. Six workers, including the supervisor, were on the 14th floor of a high-rise apartment building. At approximately 4:30 p.m., the site supervisor climbed onto the swing stage to descend to ground level.
It was the beginning of the season in 1959 when Vince Lombardi took over as head coach of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers football team. They had won only two games the year before and were considered the laughingstock of the league. What Vince did in the next nine years would become known as one of the greatest feats in football, ever.
I’m writing this in the car on the way down to Florida for a March Break trip with my family. Well, my family minus one, as my teenage daughter is on a school trip to Europe, where she’s touring palaces and cathedrals unlike anything we have over here.
Health and safety implementation has its challenges and keeping workers and contractors focused and committed to safety can be one of the most challenging tasks to effective safety implementation. When it comes down to it, safety is about people and about individual behaviour and not everyone is properly motivated to make the right decision or the safe decision. Unfortunately, more often than not, injuries and fatalities are a result of poorly motivated individuals and at-risk behaviour.
Maybe you have heard of the book and movie, Money Ball, that tells the story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics baseball team. They were managed by Billy Beane. Three key players had departed after the 2001 season and they were definitely lacking any star power or the budget to bring any in.
I heard an interesting statistic the other day on Fareed Zakaria’s excellent international affairs show on CNN. Between 2013 and 2016, income for the lowest 20 per cent of Canada’s wage earners increased 20 per cent. In the U.S., incomes for their lowest 20 per cent fell 16 per cent over the same period.
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.
Expo Grands Travaux
April 27-28, 2018
Canada's Farm Progress Show
June 20-22, 2018
Landscape Ontario Congress
January 8-10, 2019
World of Concrete
January 22-25, 2019
Canadian Concrete Expo
February 6-7, 2019
The Rental Show
February 17-20, 2019