11 safety innovators blazing a trail for the industry
These groups are going above and beyond what’s required.
The most precious thing any company has isn’t equipment, investments or project leads.
For this year’s construction safety week, SiteNews is highlighting companies that are going beyond what’s required for safety and finding innovative ways to protect workers.
Organizer’s of Construction Week chose the theme of Strong Voices, Safe Choices to showcases the industry’s dedication to creating a culture and environment where everyone is empowered to step in, speak up, and take action to keep their team and job site safe.
Norland, a Canadian Construction Association’s National Safety Award winner, developed an online safety training portal and created custom safety courses for its hundreds of employees. Courses include hazard awareness, due diligence for supervisors and more. Since launching in 2019, more than 7,500 courses have been completed
Construction Safety Nova Scotia (CSNS) recently honoured Bird Construction for its efforts to care for its workers’ mental health. The company’s eaders share knowledge and resources, and foster an environment where it is safe to raise concerns about mental health. The company offers virtual courses on mental health and Mental Health First Aid for managers. It delivered several toolbox talks tailored to mental health issues, and Wellness Champions throughout the company are passionate about mental health and raising awareness.
Western Pacific Enterprises
As a commercial and industrial electrical contractor, Western Pacific Enterprises leverages collaboration software to record safety stats throughout its work sites and uses the data to mitigate re-occurrence, enabling employees to work across the organization to make safety a top priority.
For years, Scott Construction has been a leader in destigmatizing mental health issues. Its Mental Health Committee is led by members from across the organization to support mental health topics. The committee focuses on communication, education and external resources support on topics ranging from substance abuse education, family mental wellness to physical wellbeing challenges. The effort supports workers on sites in B.C., Alberta and Ontario.
PCL / EllisDon / Ontario General Contractors Association
After falling construction materials injured two pedestrians in Ontario, builders in the province teamed up to attack the issue head on. The Ontario General Contractors Association has partnered with PCL Constructors Canada Inc. and EllisDon for a Safety Week campaign it’s calling “Stop the Drop” The campaign includes.a shared Toolbox Safety Talk that provides prevention methods to avoid these types of incidents.
Industrial painting contractor Lincor’s efforts to prevent worker injury earned it the Gord Stewart Safety Award from the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. The company collaborated with injury experts to create the Industrial Athlete program where crews regularly do preventative exercises and check in with health experts to treat emerging issues.
Borger believes every voice is equal. Any worker has the ability to stop any site, any time, with complete immunity if they feel it’s unsafe. The site remains at a standstill until the risk is assessed by at least two safety officers. The Calgary company stated that it has spent the past year implementing Vizzn safety software. The tool identifies missing safety paperwork and compares active equipment and actual events to safety paperwork.
IRL Construction worked with U.K.-based FHOSS to develop an intelligent illumination safety system. The system can create a lit-up box that keeps people clear of moving equipment, graphics on the outside of working equipment and lighting on hard hats to make workers more visible. Officials at IRL said the tools have been useful for reminding evening its most seasoned workers of where hazardous areas are located when working around heavy equipment.
Ledcor Group was awarded the Construction Workplace Health and Safety Innovation award by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association for its excavation extraction rescue system (EERS). The system can be used to safely and expediently extract a worker from an excavation site in the event of an emergency. EERS can be implemented and used at any stage of excavation.
Earlier this year EllisDon has launched the Fit Your Frame campaign, aimed at providing construction safety vests to women and gender-nonconforming persons whose frame and body type are not best served by traditional vest offerings. The company partnered with Md Bespoke, a Black-owned Canadian custom clothing manufacturer, to produce vests that will uphold the quality and function of traditional vests, with better fitting and size options.