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ON THE COVER: MCAT Forms Alliance With ORAC
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Toronto (MCAT) and the Ontario Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ORAC) have partnered in an effort to strengthen the industry. In keeping with the partnership, a representative from ORAC will sit on the MCAT Board of Directors as an Ex-Officio member and MCAT will have representation on the ORAC Board.  Read more...


HKMB: A Growing Alternative for Construction Insurance and Safety
Separately, the insurance brokerages Morris & Mackenzie Inc. and HKMB International Insurance Brokers shared many similarities. Both could boast of corporate histories dating to the late 1800’s and strong reputations in the Canadian marketplace. Both were proudly privately held and 100 per cent Canadian. Both could take satisfaction in the high levels of service they provided to clients and could name several accounts they had held for many years on that basis. Read more...


MCAT & Local 46 Secure New Agreement
MCA Toronto and Local 46 are pleased to announce that the 2007/2010 Collective Agreement was ratified on Monday, May 28, 2007. The wage details of the agreement will be sent to contractors in the near future. The agreement comes at a time when the Greater Toronto Market continues to be strong; a trend we believe will continue for years to come. Read more...


Asbestos Certification
You must be certified by November 1 if you work in or supervise Type 3 operations
As of Nov. 1, 2007, all workers who are involved in Type 3 asbestos operations – and the supervisors of these workers – must be certified to do this work. This requirement is contained in the asbestos regular for construction. Ontario Regulation 278/05: Designated Substance – Asbestos on Construction Projects and in Buildings and Repair Operations. Read more...


MCAT -  Calendar of Events


Crackdown on cranes - The Ministry of Labour is coming to see your tower crane
If your site has a tower crane, expect the Ministry of Labour (MOL) to come knocking.
Previously, it was rare for an inspector to climb a tower crane to examine the conditions of the tower, operator’s cab, control systems, boom, and other elements from up close. Now, the inspectors began climbing the cranes in the Ottawa area. They ended up auditing 20 cranes, using a checklist based on the CSA standard Z248-04 Code for Tower Cranes to ensure consistency in their inspections. Read more... 


Regulatory Amendments to Facilitate Waste Diversion
Use of alternative fuels and new and emerging waste management technologies
The Ministry of the Environment has amended regulations under the Environmental Protection Act and the Environmental Assessment Act to help municipalities and waste generators divert more wastes from disposal and better manage residual waste.  Read more...


Top 10 Insurance Tips for Contractors 


Double N Earthmovers Ltd. v Edmonton (City of) (S.C.C)
In the recent case of Double N Earthmovers Ltd. v Edmonton, the Supreme Court of Canada considered the scope of an owner’s obligation to treat all bidders fairly during the tender process. In this case, the City of Edmonton initiated a tender for a contract to supply equipment and operators to remove refuse from a city landfill. As part of the tender specifications, the City requested that the equipment must be 1980 or newer. The bidders were required to provide serial numbers and licence registration numbers for the equipment to be used.  Read more...


Principles of ergonomics
By PETER VI, Hon. B.Sc., M.Eng, CSAO’s ergonomist
Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the person – instead of making the person) fit the job. The goal of ergonomics is to reduce workers’ risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as back, knee, shoulder or arm injuries. Ergonomic solutions that modify existing tools and work methods may seem costly initially, but in many cases they actually save time and money in the long run. Read more...  


New Musculoskeletal Disorder Resources
Guidelines and resource manual on preventing MSDs
On International Repetitive Strain Awareness Day (Feb. 28, 2007), Ontario’s health and safety network released two documents on Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): the MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario and the associated Resource Manual. MSDs are usually caused by repetitive movements, force, awkward postures or fixed positions. They tend to develop over time and are not typically the result of an instantaneous event, such as a slip or fall. While they can occur in all types of workplaces, workers who perform repetitive, physical tasks often face a higher risk of developing and MSD. Construction workers are certainly part of this higher-risk category. Read more...


For Workers and Doctors
New brochure on health risks for the pipe trades includes section for doctors
Many family doctors are unaware of health hazards on construction job sites. Because of this, doctors may miss a connection between a patient’s illness and the patient’s job. Doctors may also pass up an opportunity to screen a patient for an occupational disease, or inform a patient about risk factors. Read more...


Is Pressure Equipment in Ontario SAFE?
The Technical Standards and Safety Association (TSSA) and the pressure equipment industry work very hard to ensure the safest equipment for industrial and commercial use. Ontario’s safety laws for pressure equipment are among the most effective in North America. There are several safeguards in place for the life cycle of equipment and plants covering design, fabrication, installation and operation. Anyone manufacturing, installing or repairing as well as owning or operating equipment have responsibilities to ensure these safeguards are met. Read more...


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