Education Series Primer – Brought to you by: National Capital Heavy Construction Association and the Consulting Engineers of Ontario; Program sponsored by Clean Water Works Inc.
General format for each session is as follows:
8:00 to 9:00 – Coffee and Networking
9:00 to 9:15 – Welcome and sponsor recognition
9:10 to 10:15 – Presentation
10:15 to 10:45 – Coffee
10:45 to 12:00 – Presentation
To register or sponsor, please contact the NCHCA Office at613.821.5940 email@example.com
Our first session was held on January 14, Heavy Construction Outlook, at the Centurion Conference and Event Center. Speakers included: PWGSC, Defence Construction, MTO and City of Ottawa. Just under 100 attendees, despite the poor weather. Event was well received.
Our second event was held on January 28, VPM & E-Procuremen at Ben Franklin Place. Speakers included:
David Sloan, Manager of Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Management, City of Ottawa
Elizabeth Murphy, Program Manager with the Design and Construction (Municipal) West Branch, City of Ottawa
Angelo Renon, Director – Transportation Detail Design, WSP
Ivan Levac, Assistant Manager of the City Division, RW Tomlinson
Event, very well received with 125 attendees. Best Q&A Panel session of any Education Series event to date.
The following two events will take place at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Coffee at 8:00, Presentations from 9:00 to noon
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Health & Safety, Accessibility
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
New Dispute Resolution Provisions in MTO Contracts, February 25, Centurion Conference & Event Center
ORBA is hosting a session regarding the new Dispute Resolution framework for MTO contracts, coming into force in 2016, which will have significant impact on how contractors manage issues and claims. This descriptive course will provide practical insight on how to navigate the new dispute resolution process, from the relevance of changes to the Pre-qualification Rules and MTO Qualifications Committee to issues management decisions.
Please contact ORBA to register or at the following link http://orba.org/academy/
NCHCA Curling Bonspiel Nepean Sportsplex, Thursday, January 21, 2016
Everyone had a terrific day on the ice Curling….see our Winners from R.W.Tomlinson (Skip – Randy Fequet, Vice – Terry Wagner, Second – Stephan Belanger and Lead – Kim Neale)
Our most humble team included Simon Lachance (AON), Charles Mohr-Caldwell (GML), (Geoshack Canada)
Calabogie Peaks Ski Day, March 3rd!
The NCHCA Ski Day will be at Calabogie Peaks again this year on Thursday, March 3rd. Everyone is welcome to join the fun. Our ski day will include a lift ticket and a buffet lunch. Everyone is responsible for their own transportation to and from the hill and for any accommodations if so required or desired. We do have a group room rate under NCHCA. Please call the hotel directly to make your room reservations at 1-800-669-4861 ext 160.
The group rate for our lift tickets is $23/person; buffet lunch is $27/person ($50 for the day). Please log onto the NCHCA website to register (All transactions can be found under E-Commerce) or click on the following link.
Looking forward t some snow and an awesome day on the hill!!!
NCHCA December Safety Award Notice
The NCHCA Health and Safety Committee is proud to announce the December 2015 winner of the monthly Safety Award: Tyler Cowan, of Marathon Drilling Ltd.
Tyler, a Heavy Equipment Operator, is an active, certified member of the Joint Health and Safety Committee, and recently rose to the challenge when an on-site Health and Safety Representative was required for a large and high profile project with many potential challenges and responsibilities. In this new role, Mr. Cowan is helping to ensure that not only Marathon employees, but also sub-contractors, are meeting the health and safety requirements on the site, as well as maintaining the appropriate records, etc. His actions are helping to keep the project moving forward, which is good not only for Marathon, but for the owner and those who will be using the facility upon completion. Showing initiative for safety matters and leading by example is good for everyone!
Tyler was presented with the NCHCA Award for Safety Excellence, and it will be proudly displayed at the Marathon office until the winner for January, 2016 has been announced.
Mr. Cowan was the only nomination for the month of December, so the NCHCA Safety Sub-Committee is reminding all members to keep an eye out for staff members going above and beyond in their Health & Safety actions, providing lifesaving efforts, or for doing an all-around great job with Health & Safety in mind that makes an impact on their co-workers, project, civilians, or company. There are no limitations for what a person or crew can be nominated for, so please feel free to forward any suggestions that you may have that you feel have made a difference and deserve to be recognized!
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 who continues to make our city a safer place to work!
FROST BITE AND WORKING IN THE COLD
Now that the cold weather is finally here, the NCHCA Safety Committee would like to remind our members of some important tips for working in the colder temperatures. Feel free to use this as your next toolbox/tailgate talk!
Serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to below-freezing temperatures and extreme cold. One of the most common cold-related problems is frostbite. Frostbite involves a loss of feeling and colour in affected areas, usually the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers and toes. To help prevent permanent damage caused by extreme cases of frostbite, it is important to recognize the signs. Frostbite has three different stages: frostnip, superficial frostbite and deep frostbite.
Frostnip – feelings of ‘pins and needles’. Skin becomes soft and turns white in colour. Medical treatment is not usually necessary; merely warm the area by blowing warm air or applying warm water.
Superficial Frostbite – the surface of the skin, or top layer, feels frozen and numb. It will form clear, fluid-filled blisters, which are actually ice crystals forming inside the skin cells. Medical treatment is necessary.
Deep Frostbite – the affected area will have damaged tissue, causing it to swell, blood vessels to clot and sometimes it can lead to gangrene. Medical treatment is definitely necessary, as soon as possible.
When working in cold weather, workers can take a series of simple precautions to avoid conditions associated with extreme cold weather. Here are some examples:
Wear several layers of clothing rather than one thick layer.
Wear gloves and a warm wool hat or a helmet liner under a hard hat. Forty percent of a person’s body heat can be lost from an uncovered head. Ears should also be covered.
Wear synthetic or cotton clothing next to the skin to wick away sweat.
Wear warm footwear with one or two pairs of thick socks. Footwear should not fit too tightly as it can restrict blood flow.
Wear a scarf or face mask in cold, windy weather.
Take frequent short breaks in a warm shelter to allow the body to warm up.
Avoid exhaustion or fatigue, as energy is needed to keep muscles warm.
Drink warm fluids and avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
Eat warm, high-calorie food such as pasta dishes.
If you detect signs of frostbite, seek immediate medical attention. If there are signs of frostbite and medical care is not immediately available, it is important to remember the following:
Move into a warm room as soon as possible
Remove wet or tight clothing that may cut off blood flow to the affected area
Immerse the affected area in warm – not hot – water or by using body heat
Do not rub the affected area at all since this can cause more damage
Do not break open any blisters since this may result in infection
Do not use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace or radiator for warming. Areas affected by frostbite are usually numb and can be easily burned.
Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes since this increases damage
These procedures should not be a substitute for medical attention. Frostbite should be evaluated by a doctor. It is a good idea to take a first aid kit and a CPR course to prepare for cold weather-related health problems. When you know what to do, you can help protect your health and the health of others.
NOTICE TO POTENTIAL 2016 NCHCA DIRECTORY ADVERTISERS
If any members would like to reserve an ad placement in our upcoming 2016 edition, please log onto our website @ www.nchca.ca at your earliest convenience to review the many options that may well suit your business needs.
Requirement for advertisement graphic is a .jpeg or .gif file of 300 dpi formats or, preferably, the design artwork file (.ai, .eps, or as .pdf).
HST extra at 13%.
Deadline for receipt of advertising and material is February 12, 2016.
Member Account Profiles
It is very important that members ensure that respective account profile information has been updated as soon as posssible as these profiles will be extracted from our database in February to be used for the printing of the Directory. It is the responsiblity of each member to ensure their company profile data is correct and current. If anyone requires assistance or further information, please contact Alison Hogan at 613.821.5940.
2016 Membership Renewals
2016 annual membership are now past due. Rates for 2016 are $725 plus HST. If any members require assistance, please contact Alison Hogan.
2016 NCHCA Event Dates – Save these in your calendars!
Centurion Conference and Event Center
Kanata Lakes/Eagle Creek
Summer BBQ/Lobster Fest
1299 River Road
Fall Dinner Dance
The Westin Hotel
OSWCA Core Infrastructure Program “Maximize Your Core Knowledge!”
OSWCA will be offering the 2016 Core Infrastructure Programs starting February 2016! All courses are Gold Seal Certified!
Please only register if you will definitely be attending the event. Many students come looking to speak with specific individuals and are very disappointed when that individual does not show. Thank you.
Please note that the Association has changed it’s email address from email@example.com to firstname.lastname@example.org effectively immediately.