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April 21, 2014

Dive tower pushes formwork forward

After 18 years in the business of concrete forming, civil engineer Dennis Schincariol still comes across the occasional job that throws a new curveball his way.

April 21, 2014

Calgary firm fined $35,000 for workplace injury

Calgary, Alberta-based Man Shield Construction Inc. has pleaded guilty in Saskatoon Provincial Court to one charge in relation to the serious injury of a worker and fined $35,000 under occupational health and safety legislation.

April 21, 2014

Early stages of concrete pump operator certification being developed in B.C.

A joint proposal for concrete pump operator certification is being developed by the B.C Construction Safety Alliance and the B.C. Ready-Mixed Concrete Association.

April 14, 2014

Alberta worker dies

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is investigating after a man was crushed and killed while delivering building materials to a hardware store in southern Alberta.

April 14, 2014

Concerns abound as government forms review panel for oilsands project

Some First Nation groups are skeptical about the environmental process for the proposed Frontier Oilsands Mine project in northern Alberta, as the federal government asks the public to comment on a draft agreement to establish a joint review panel.

April 14, 2014

Arctic concrete pour defies subzero work conditions

No contractor likes to pour concrete in the middle of winter. For Nahanni Construction of Yellowknife, N.W.T., pouring concrete when it's -50 degrees Celsius outside is par for the course.

April 14, 2014

Concrete eating robot could render rubble recyclable

A robot that "erases" concrete buildings got a thumbs-up from the Industrial Designers Society of America, who gave its designer a gold award in the student category.

April 14, 2014

Carbon tax may give unfair advantage to foreign cement

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is disappointed that the B.C. government has failed to address industry concerns about whether the provincial carbon tax is giving foreign cement producers the upper hand.

April 7, 2014

Watermain breaks in Saskatchewan town

A small Saskatchewan town is having to borrow water after a water main break dried up its reservoir. Ituna's water reserves dried up after the break happened sometime between the night of March 29 and March 30.

April 7, 2014

Island shipyard plans $30 million expansion

A $30 million expansion of a Victoria area shipyard is expected to require 150-300 more skilled workers when complete.

April 2, 2014

Construction starts on $480 million arena

PCL has started construction on a new $600 million stadium in downtown Edmonton, which is scheduled to be completed in 2016 for the opening of the National Hockey League season.

March 26, 2014

Worker killed while repairing heavy equipment

WorkSafeBC officers are investigating the death of a worker, who was killed while repairing a piece of heavy equipment at a construction site in West Vancouver last week.

March 24, 2014

Provinces agree on safety designation

The B.C. Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) and the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) recently announced they are close to finalizing an agreement that will recognize the National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) designation in B.C. as well as Alberta, where it was created. In British Columbia, the designation will be B.C. NCSO.

March 24, 2014

Gas line strike in Vancouver forces evacuation of area

An excavator involved in the construction of a highrise tower in downtown Vancouver severed a gas line, which resulted in the evacuation of surrounding buildings.

March 24, 2014

Fort McMurray community centre expanded once again

Despite cold temperatures, work is steadily progressing on the second re-development and expansion at the MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray.

March 24, 2014

Explosives used to demolish Port Mann Bridge pedestals

The ongoing demolition of the 50-year-old Port Mann Bridge, the old-timer that lies adjacent to its shiny new sibling, is moving forward.

March 24, 2014

Journeyman lineman dies after 85-foot fall from bucket

WorkSafeBC officers are investigating an incident at the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) project near Terrace, B.C., in which a journeyman lineman was killed while working on the construction of a transmission tower.

March 24, 2014

Fire breaks out during Calgary asphalt shingle plant demolition

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) are investigating a fire at a shingle manufacturing facility in Calgary earlier this month.

March 24, 2014

Five-storey Student Union Building taking shape at UBC

The construction site of the new Student Union Building (SUB) on the Point Grey campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) is a busy place these days.

March 24, 2014

Alberta touts foreign workers as solution to skills shortages

With expected labour shortages over the next decade, Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk is calling for a permanent foreign workers program to supplement the temporary foreign workers program and local skills training.

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