A dedicated booking website has been created for our event so our guests will be able to make, modify and cancel their hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel.
We are reaching out to all members, to canvass your peers, staff, and management to help us generate education series topics. The idea is to get feedback from a wide cross section of your company, hoping to increase attendance at the education series, while providing meaningful/appropriate/industry relevant topics. Based on our last liaison meeting with the City, several topics were tabled (no topics have been finalized), and it was decided to hold 3 joint sessions as per our 2016 series. This does not limit us from holding additional sessions on our own, if the need and the demand is appropriate.
Some of the topics tabled:
Traffic control, at grade rail crossing safety training, and pedestrian crossing
Contract Law- specifically the Lien Act and/or Claims/Extra Work
Financial Appreciation- NCHCA would discuss construction costing, understanding your costs etc. CEO would discuss how and where there revenue streams are generated. COO would discuss the different stages of the project from planning, to post construction; including how they handle monthly payment certificates
Recruitment- What steps the three different parties are taking to ensure that there are enough candidates to fill key positions.
Please provide us with as much feedback as possible ensuring we can have a purposeful education series, where are staff will take advantage and professionally grow from this experience. We have another meeting with the COO on October 3, that said, if you could get back to me by Sept 30 at the latest with your ideas, that would be great.
We have also attached a list of the previous topics for your review, so that we are not duplicating topics.
2016 Education Series
2016 Heavy Construction Outlook, January 14
VPM & E-Procurement, January 28
Contract Law, February 11
Health & Safety, Accessibility, March 1
2015 Education Series
Heavy Construction Outlook, Thursday, March 26
PART A – Survey, PART B – Soil Management on Construction Projects, April 10
Accessiblity, April 30
2014 Education Series
Contract Law, January 23
Species at Risk, February 6
Mobility Management, February 20
Contract Administation, March 6
Worker’s Safety, March 27
2013 Education Series
Social Media, January 17
Capital Programming, January 30
MOE Approval and Permits, February 7
Contract Adminstration, February 21
Environmental Impacts, March 21
City of Ottawa
Councillors Hubley and Moffatt put for a motion that an examination of Tolls and a restriction of trucks going through downtown be included in the Truck Tunnel EA. There was considerable debate. Councillor Brockington did not support the Truck Tunnel EA since it did not take into consideration other options. Councillor Darouze concerned that the cost of the Truck Tunnel EA will delay other projects. GM John Manconi says it will not.
Mayor says Truck Tunnel is feasible and compared this issue to light rail and the tunnel under downtown. Not seeking approval for building the bridge, but seeking funding from Province and Feds to conduct the EA. We have an obligation as a council to do this. There was a recorded vote for the motion was 19 for and 2 (Brockington and Qaqish) against.
2017 Spec Update Subcommittee
Proposed schedule for 2017 Specs Update Process
Subcommittee administrative meetings** – location Room 1A, Ben Franklin Place
• Monday, November 7 9:30 am to 11:30 am – Meeting #1 Kick off • Thursday, December 8 9:30 to 11:30 am – Meeting #2 • Wednesday, February 8 9:30 to 11:30 am – Meeting #3 Last meeting
Join President Allan West and fellow members across the province for this year’s annual complimentary event. Please see the updated information for each tour stop.
2016 President’s Tour
Tuesday, October 25
Centurion Conference and Event Center 170 Colonnade Rd. South Ottawa, ON K2E 7J5
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 27
Holiday Inn and Suites 2565 Argentia Road, Mississauga, ON L5N 5V4
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 1
Radisson Hotel 85 Ste Anne Road Sudbury, ON P3E 4S4
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 3
Crowne Plaza Hotel 105 King Street East Kitchener, ON NG2 2K8
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Please note that registration opens at 4:45 p.m. on the day of each tour stop.
More information including speaker details will be available shortly on our website.
If you have any questions about the upcoming President’s Tour, please contact Stacey-Lee Wright at email@example.com or 905-507-1107, ext. 222
Reminder: WSIB hosting technical rate sessions on 2017 premium rates
As the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced several weeks ago, in 2017, there will be a five per cent reduction on the average premium rate for Schedule 1. This is the first overall premium rate reduction since 2001.
Throughout fall 2016, the WSIB will be hosting technical sessions for interested employers and stakeholders to provide additional information on 2017 premium rates. The Technical Rate Sessions will begin on October 19, 2016.
In addition to covering premium rates, these sessions will provide information about improving health and safety in Ontario workplaces.
All employers and interested stakeholders are invited to sign up for a technical rate session to learn more about the 2017 premium rates and ask questions related to their specific rate groups. To sign up for a technical rate session, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
As we approach the winter snow plowing season, this is the time of year that backhoes and bobcats are in the sights of thieves . As this type of equipment is sold and parked on properties for snow plowing purposes as was evident last spring when a backhoe was found in a parking lot in Kanata . The plowing contractor had no idea ??? where it came from but it was there regardless . Please always remember to send photos of suspicious vehicles to email@example.com as The Ottawa Police can keep the plate on file in case of a theft.
Please be advised that in the coming months the City of Ottawa will be implementing Excess Soils Management. For those not quite familiar with this, it is the removal of excess materials from job sites to dump sites. This is coming to our City and NCHCA will keep our members posted as this becomes relevant.
Kick off of Raffle in support of Royal Ottawa Campaign for Mental Health
The 2016 Raffle in support of the Royal Ottawa Campaign for Mental Health features eight great prize packages totaling $45,000 in value. A total of 1,000 tickets at $50 each is being sold only and the proceeds go to benefit the Royal Ottawa Hospital. The draw will be held at the November 2nd OCA Chairman’s Reception.
The OCA in 2014 made a 5-year commitment to the Royal Ottawa Campaign for Mental Health to raise a total of $250,000 as well as put a spotlight on mental health issues. Pictured below is an article on the Royal Ottawa Hospital’s recent unveiling of their $13 million dollar MRI-PET imaging machine – which was the center-piece of the $25 million Campaign for Mental Health.
The raffle offers every member the opportunity to participate in supporting the Royal Ottawa Hospital with the added bonus of possibly being a lucky winner of a major prize. Raffle tickets can be found online at www.nchca.ca on our home page.
The NCHCA Health and Safety Committee members are proud to announce the winner of the award for safety excellence for September 2016: Honours for this month go to Doug Grant of Capital Cutting & Coring Ltd.
Mr. Grant was working nearby when he observed a colleague get knocked down with tools in hand from a delayed blast due to a misfire during a rock blasting operation. Mr. Grant immediately reacted to assist his fellow worker in order to prevent further injury from the equipment by temporarily de-energizing the power to the drill until all the machinery could be safely turned off.
Congratulations to Mr. Grant for his quick actions in response to this incident. The award will be proudly displayed at the Capital Cutting & Coring Ltd. office.
As a reminder, please note that nominations should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of each month. The Nomination Form can be found at www.nchca.ca on the ‘Safety’ page.
Thank you to everyone for your continued efforts to make our National Capital Region a safer place to work!
The dictionary defines complacency this way, “self-satisfaction accompanied by unawareness of actual danger or deficiencies”.
As we are all aware numerous accidents have occurred due to allowing ourselves to become complacent in our everyday activity. (On and off the job) Working safely is not easy, nor is it automatic. We have to work at it with the highest degree of awareness.
If we just stop for a moment and think, we can all come up with instances where we became complacent. It happens to us because we perform many functions on an almost continuous basis. Many of our jobs are repetitive in nature, and the more we repeat what we are doing, the better the chance that we are becoming complacent without even realizing it. Therein lays the potential danger, the danger of complacency.
We take shortcuts and with the absence of consequents, cause us to become more lax about our personal safety, in other words we are becoming complacent.
Personal safety is not like a light switch that you can turn on or off. The personal safety switch must continuously be in the on position.
Just because we feel safe, does not mean we are safe. On the contrary, “feeling safe all the time”, could be the biggest threat to our well being, because we are drifting into that complacent mode.
One key to avoid the complacency trap is to form “safety habits”. Habits that you do over and over until they override your former unsafe behavior and become automated.
Habits such as, wearing gloves, glasses, proper foot wear, safety harness on and ready to tie off, face shield when grinding, removing tripping hazards, attending safety meetings and paying attention, using seat belts, tying off a ladder etc.
Complacency is a self-satisfied state of mind oblivious to any danger present. We regularly experience complacency in our personal lives and at our jobs. The key is being cognizant of its existence and the measures we can take to offset any negative consequences. The places we feel the most familiar with can be the most dangerous because the menace is not so obvious to us. When we feel confident the environment is stable, we often forget things are subject to change and become precarious in an instant. We must learn to react and interact with our surroundings to ensure we are alert to the possibilities of catastrophe.
Complacency is a known problem within our industry which causes accidents.
Don’t become a statistic. Practice safe work habits.
Safety Award Notice
Paul Lemire President, C.A.C.E. Construction (1991) LTD
Mr. Lemire has been with C.A.C.E. Construction since 2012 in the role of Estimator/Project Manager and took over as President in November of 2015. Prior to moving to Ottawa in 2012, Mr. Lemire lived in western Canada working in the oil and gas sector. Quality Assurance (QA) Program Manager as well as Field Manager in Northern BC. Throughout his decade-long career in the oil and gas industry, Paul became skilled with a wide-range of general construction and mechanical tasks, accustomed to working in extreme conditions, experience working with and managing several crews, heavy equipment, and an understanding of deadlines and the importance of meeting strict time-requirements.
Paul’s hobbies include spending time outdoors and working on anything he can get his hands on especially involving home renovations. Paul lives in Greely with his wife and two young children.
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