IW Canadian Safety Coordinator Jeff Norris joined the meeting via Skype to share an update on Canadian safety and health initiatives. There are 21 IW locals servicing approximately 1,500 contractors in Canada. 2017 was a year without any fatalities in Canada. Norris presented data on construction activity by province and mentioned that Ontario is Canada's "shining star" with the highest number of projects.
He noted that Western Canada experienced a 22 percent decline in construction largely due to political activity last year.
In Canada, there are no established federal standards for steel erection. The Canadian IW leaders have been working on aligning legislation with the 1926 OSHA Subpart R safety standards in the U.S. They have begun establishing a set of best practices to serve as the overarching safety standards in Canada.
Reinforcing Steel and Post-Tensioning Ironworkers-CRSI Training Partnership
The Ironworker Safety App - Capital Construction Solutions
OSHA Region 7 - Ironworkers - IMPACT Alliance Agreement
OSHA Subpart CC - Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard
Safety Performance Provides Opportunities for Project Insurance Programs
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)
Update on TAUC and NMAPC Safety Initiatives
The Center for Construction Research and Training - 2018 Initiatives
Voluntary Air-Sampling Program for Shop and Field Employers
"We expect that ironworkers show up and hit the ground running. That takes away some of the leg work we have to do to train ironworkers and fit them into our system. The ironworkers come loaded and ready to go. We'd love to see more training like the IWSTDC, Ironworker Supervisor Safety Course and IW apprenticeship program. Understanding the business side of safety helps us win more work. Staying up to speed with technology, fall protection equipment, health and environmental issues, and industrial hygiene is very important."- Kevin Turner, White Construction
"Work ethic of the ironworkers is excellent and we really appreciate it. Their experience and training prevented the others from being exposed to asbestos on the TVA project. They alerted the AECOM safety personnel immediately and had them take appropriate action." - Cece Weldon, AECOM