Construction

Perspectives: Women in Construction

March 8, 2019

The construction sector is one of the largest employers in Canada, employing roughly 1.4 million Canadians. One could say that the construction industry is male-dominated, as only 12% of the workforce is female. Although the numbers are slowly climbing, they show that there is still a significant lack of women within the industry. Furthermore, 75% […]

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How to Protect Against Common Winter Construction Hazards

February 6, 2019

Construction work carries a number of inherent risks – some of which are worsened in the winter months. Winter in Canada brings the added challenge of dealing with snow, ice, and below-freezing temperatures. All of these factors can increase the risk of illness or injury on the job site. Thankfully, awareness can go a long […]

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Erosion Control Methods for Winter Construction

November 23, 2018

We experience a lot of different weather conditions during the long winter months here in Canada. Ice, rain and snow can all have an impact on the condition of your construction site. Harsh winter weather can pose numerous issues on the job site, potentially delaying work and running up costs. Generally, winter construction jobs require […]

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Cold Weather Survival Guide for Construction Workers

November 8, 2018

Following the popularity of our hot weather survival guides for construction and events, we put together guidelines for staying safe in cold weather. Construction employees who work outdoors know that enduring cold weather can be difficult and even dangerous. There are three specific cold weather factors that affect outdoor construction workers: Air Temperature Air temperature […]

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7 Spooky Things Found on Construction Sites

October 29, 2018

There is no shortage of examples of spooky things being found on construction sites. Especially during excavation, it is arguably inevitable that you will unearth some unexpected items. Sometimes, you may even come across some treasures. In the spirit of Halloween, here are 7 weird and spook-tacular things that have been found on site during […]

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How To: Tree Protection for Construction

October 19, 2018

In many regions across Canada, municipal bylaws require tree protection during construction. Generally, you have two options: you can either take steps to protect the trees from potential damage due to construction, or you can replace any trees that are damaged or removed during the job. In some cases, you may find yourself doing both. […]

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The Good Neighbour Guide to Home Construction

September 21, 2018

You have a new home renovation coming up. Aside from being a little stressed about how much it’s going to cost you, you’re excited for the big changes that are coming! However, this work can be frustrating to those around you. For instance, your neighbours could be impacted by the work you’re planning. There is […]

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Avoiding the “Fence Only Trap”

September 14, 2018

Over the last decade, an increased focus on public safety, liability and insurance, and security has resulted in overall stricter safety regulations for Canadian construction sites. One of the most basic requirements of any construction project is the creation of a barrier between the live site and members of the public. In Ontario, regulations state […]

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A Blueprint for Living with Construction Noise

August 27, 2018

Toronto is getting noisier. Noise complaints have been trending upward for the last several years, and the city’s current noise bylaws don’t do enough to protect the residents of Toronto from construction noise. Our municipal code does state that construction noise is only allowed between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 […]

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Why Should You Care About Construction Noise?

August 21, 2018

For many of us, hearing is a vital part of our everyday lives. We use our hearing for many normal day-to-day functions. It helps keep us safe, allows us to interact with our loved ones, and is a major part of how we experience the world around us. However, we often take our hearing for […]

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