Workplace violence, harassment takes number 1 spot, followed by fall protection
The ministry made public its annual top 10 recently at the Partners in Prevention Conference. Fall protection, with 9,658 violations, came in second, and was mostly the result of inadequate protection in the construction sector.
Workplace violence and harassment (11,662 violations)
Fall protection (9,658)
Lack of personal protective equipment (8,318)
Improper access and egress (6,472)
Health and safety representative and JHSC (6,239)
Basic OHS awareness training (5,232)
Improper use/maintenance of ladders / scaffolding (4,846)
Lack of machine/equipment guarding (4,276)
Unintentional falls are the leading cause of hospitalized injuries in Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reports. Falls injure about 40,000 workers each year nationwide, and kill roughly 10 per year in Ontario alone, according to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. In 2016, the construction industry made up 30 percent of all work-related traumatic fatalities and occupational disease fatality, according to data from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Fall protection in the construction remains a top concern.
The MOL examines the top 10 violations list when making key financial decisions and inspection campaigns for the following fiscal year. The ministry posts on its website a workplace inspection blitz schedule so that employers can prepare for a potential visit from an inspector.
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Ontario’s construction industry has been on a steady rise since the early 2000’s, but replenishing a retiring workforce and meeting future demands will depend on construction’s ability to increase its share of new entrants. The retiring workforce (87,300 workers) exceeds the available youth coming into the industry and although female participation in construction has increased over the past few years, women continue to be underrepresented in Ontario’s construction industry. An aging population continues to be a source of concern for Ontario and all Canadian provinces.
Across Canada, numerous multibillion-dollar infrastructure and excavation projects are underway. At the forefront of these projects need to be a skilled set of committed heavy equipment operators. There will be increased demand for certified heavy equipment operators (Dozers, Excavators, Backhoes, and Road Graders).
That’s why there is such importance on providing high-level training to the next generation of operators. Without the foundational understanding and education that Canada Heavy Equipment College can provide, forestry, mining, civil, road building, and oil and gas sectors would face a severe lack of skilled workers.
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"Cannabis changes nothing and cannabis changes everything" says Andrew Pariser, Vice President of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario.
With October 17, 2018 fast approaching there is still a lot of uncertainty in the construction industry now that the use of recreational marijuana is becoming legal.
In construction, safety is everyone’s number one concern. Safe workers are happier, healthier, more productive, and provide a higher quality of work. Impaired workers, regardless of the
cause, are a hazard to themselves, other workers, and the public.
When recreational cannabis becomes legal and the obligations are placed on employers, arguments on whether or not marijuana consumption would be dangerous for those on a construction site will be pretty much moot, at least for now. No construction manager will toe the line when it could expose their business to potential liability.
A survey by the Human Resource Professionals Association found that 71 per cent of employers are not prepared for the legalization of cannabis. A difficult balance must be struck between respecting an individual’s human rights and enforcing onsite mechanisms to ensure workers go home safely every night.
There is still a lot of uncertainty over enforcement on job sites but impairment should be impairment regardless of the cause. All employers in construction should have up-to-date policies to guide and inform employees on what is and isn’t acceptable.
“There are certain circumstances where employees who are using marijuana may need to be accommodated in the workplace under human rights legislation, depending on the circumstances of the use,” Sarah Huot, an associate with Bennett Jones LLP, says. “Employers will need to make sure they’re aware of their obligations. If an employee shows up to work and is impaired by marijuana, that might not constitute sufficient grounds to terminate or otherwise discipline the employee.” She goes on to explain that employers will need to investigate whether the employee is using marijuana for treatment of a medical condition, or if there could be a substance abuse or dependency issue which constitutes a disability under human rights legislation.
"An employer is required to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker. An employer should assess the circumstances of the workplace, identify the hazards that may be present and take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that workers are protected. This duty may include ensuring workers are not impaired while performing their work, and ensuring workers are not introducing hazards to the workplace as a result of impairment arising from substance use." (https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/impairment.php)
Recently, OPP laid charges against truckers during 24-hour blitz and on- going blitzes are expected.
Police partnered with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and stopped a total of 1,692 trucks and laid 697 charges. Some of the charges included speeding, defective equipment, distracted driving, unsafe lane changes and carrying insecure loads.
Police say they took 63 trucks out of service as a result of the blitz.
The Ontario Trucking Association said, however, that there was a 66 per cent decrease in the fatality rate of large truck collisions between 1995 and 2014, despite a 75 per cent rise in large truck vehicle registrations.
“It’s a reflection of the overall commitment (to safety) by management and professional truck drivers,” association president Stephen Laskowski said. “We’re one of the few industries that shares its workplace with the motoring public and we accept that responsibility, and we work towards excellence in terms of road safety.”
Saskatchewan’s Crown insurance company said in an internal memo sent to driving instructors, that a mandatory training plan should be in place by next year.
The memo from Saskatchewan Government Insurance said details are still being worked out, but the curriculum is to include at least 70 hours of training in the classroom, yard and behind the wheel. The SGI has been working with the industry ad training schools and the company has commended Ontario’s approach.
In Ontario, drivers must undergo a minimum of 103.5 hours of mandatory training. Drivers must be able to show they can handle a loaded truck on major highways before they can get their licences.
At Canada Heavy Equipment College, we go above and beyond the minimum requirements with 200 hours of classroom, yard and behind the wheel training.
Alberta Transportation has reviewed Ontario’s model and is preparing options for minister Brian Mason to consider, ministry spokesman Graeme McElheran said. “Alberta Transportation officials and industry stakeholders agree that mandatory training for commercial drivers needs to be effective, affordable and accessible,” McElheran said in a statement. “We need a program that is going to enhance safety without creating insurmountable obstacles for industry.”
We all know education is important when it comes to our careers, but while some think that a 4-year College degree or University is the only answer, is that really true? There are alternatives to look at when it’s time to build a foundation for your career like a private career college.
A career training class can give you the skills to start earning good money quickly and build a successful career with it. The right career from a career training school can match and exceed college graduate earnings as well, without the years spent on learning to get you there.
Taking a short-term career training school course doesn’t just benefit financially either, for many of us it can simply be a better learning environment. Classes are smaller, not only meaning more attention from instructors, but can simply be a less intimidating environment that helps people flourish and achieve their potential. Not everyone suits the college environment. Courses also mix classroom study with hands-on training, and this again can be a better fit for many people, who find they learn more, much easier, in this kind of approach.
The other thing such hands-on training does is better prepare you for the work environment, and this is an area where it has a tangible advantage over colleges. For those taking their first steps in a new career, having practical experience of that working environment can be incredibly valuable, not just to you as a worker, but the employer too. The transition from student to employee is not straightforward, and having practical experience from a career training school, like Canada Heavy Equipment College can make it a much easier process.
With a career as a truck driver or heavy equipment operator, you don’t have to wait four years, with a short term career college course measured in weeks rather than years that give you in-demand skills, you can be earning money sooner rather than later, and with great earning potential.
It doesn’t matter where you look in Ontario, it seems there is construction projects going on everywhere. The City of Toronto has unveiled its construction season to-do list, outlining more than $720 million in projects designed to improve the city’s aging infrastructure. Of more than 200 projects, 60 are considered “major” initiatives as reported by The Toronto Star.
“Like last year, 2018 is going to be a busy year on our roads for construction,” Robinson, who is the chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, said in a statement. “This is critical work that needs to be done. We need to make sure that we’re renewing our aging infrastructure to improve the quality of our network of roads, bridges, sewers and water mains.”
Now is the time to make a career change and get the training needed for a growing industry. There is money to be made in this field. Heavy Equipment Operators make anywhere from $20 - $44 /hr plus many include great pensions and benefits.
More and more job postings on sites like Indeed are requiring Heavy Equipment Operator Certificates to apply for positions. Company owners are realizing the importance of having trained, safe operators on their sites.
Websites like Kijiji, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are easy ways to sell your unwanted items. However, it is necessary to make sure you stay safe when buying or selling online.
It may only be 1 or 2 per cent out there that are coming to size up your house instead of just coming to look at a couch you have for sale. It is important to be smart and safe.
Here are some tips to help keep you safe:
Meet in a public place – Whenever possible meet in a public place. Coffee shops, restaurants, parking lots or the mall. Many police stations now have designated spots for exchanges.
The seller should be in control of the situation – It should be up to the seller to choose the location and the protocol, not the buyer.
Get as much information as possible – Sellers should always arrange to speak with the potential buyer over the phone ahead of the meet up. If they seem suspicious in any way, walk away. As an added precaution write down their licence plate number when they arrive.
Get payment in cash – Kijiji recommends getting payments in cash since cheques and digital payments can be faked.
Tell someone or bring someone – Let a friend or family member know where you’re going and when you plan to be back. If possible bring someone with you.
It is important to use common sense and if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
The Construction Industry in a very in-demand field that requires committed hard working men and women. A strong work ethic and good skill set is necessary to succeed. If you are just setting out or need a refresher on some good work ethic practices, here are some suggestions to keep in mind.
Make a good impression - Be on Time! Coming in late delays the day and no one likes waiting around for someone. Consider coming in 10 minutes early to plan your day as indicated by the supervisor. This will help get your tasks completed on time and management will know that they can trust you.
Be open to advice - Swallow your pride and trust that your supervisors have had more experience than you and know how to manage the job at hand. Also, if you have any questions or problems simply ask them. Your employers want you to succeed.
Come prepared and ready to work - Have your personal protective equipment (PPE) with you and come dressed for the weather. Bring supplies such as a lunch, water, sunscreen and/or extra layers of clothing. Make sure to come prepared with what you think you may need in the day, don’t rely on your employer to have extra supplies with them.
Safety is always first - Make sure you follow the safety guidelines and keep an eye out for any potential work risk or hazard. Let your supervisor know if you feel unsafe and/or notice anything that may seem like it can cause a risk to you or others.
Communicate - Listen to what your coworkers and supervisors have to say. If you choose not to listen than you could be missing out on important information about the job task and could put your own safety at risk.
Pay attention - stay focused. Construction work can be repetitive, but it is important to stay focused on the job at hand to get the work done successfully and on time. Make sure to stay off your cell phone and only use it during lunch and breaks.
At Canada Heavy Equipment College our motto is Job Ready – Work Safely
On the road and local truckers are often challenged when it comes to eating healthy. Fast food, diners and truck stops are often higher in calories, fat and sodium.
Food that are higher in fiber will help you to feel fuller for longer and can often be lower in calories and fat. Oatmeal and other high fiber breakfast cereals along with non-fat or low-fat milk and fresh fruits are quick and easy options that can be prepared while on the road.
Being well stocked with healthy snack choices reduces the need to make unhealthy stops at fast food places when hunger strikes. Be sure to keep foods that will travel well, like apples, oranges, nuts precut veggies and crackers.
There are many appliances available, for the cab, that make preparing your meals ahead of time simple and easy while on the road:
Slow cookers and mini slow cookers (with liners to make clean up a breeze)
A small roast, veggies and potatoes can be a very satisfying meal that cooks while you drive.
Another thing to watch, is your drink choices. Calories from beverages do little to curb your hunger.
Soft drinks. Sports drinks, and even juices can easily put you over your daily needs. Stick to water whenever possible to quench your thirst!
Many old school operators will tell you “you don’t need training, I just hoped on the equipment and taught myself”. The problem with that is there are major gaps in their knowledge, because they never received professional training and often they only got experience on one piece of equipment.
In todays industry safety is a priority, employers don’t want to lose time and money because of unsafe, untrained employees. The job won’t get done if people are getting hurt, so it’s in a company’s best interest to have safe operators working in safe conditions.
Professional training gives you more versatility and makes you more employable. At Canada Heavy Equipment College you will be trained on a variety of types of equipment (Road Graders, Excavators, Backhoes, and Dozers), you will be prepared to do grade reading, know different types of soils, site layouts and heavy equipment maintenance. When you graduate with us you will be job ready!
Canada Heavy Equipment College graduates are sought after because of our commitment to training skilled and safe operators.
Our courses run year-round and have weekly start dates. Contact us to see when you can begin!