•  It’s in the Eyes

     How an eye-scanning technology will revolutionize testing for impairment in the workplace

    By Colleen Birchwood


    The legalization of cannabis has many employers scrambling to catch up with the legislation, particularly in industries in which working safely can prevent serious injuries and even save lives. One employer in the heavy construction industry plans on using cutting-edge technology to ensure workers aren’timpaired or fatigued on the job.

  • Fatigue Management for Deep Foundations Professionals

    A shared responsibility between the employer and employee

    By Lisa Kopochinski


    Long hours and hard, physical work are the norm for many working on Canada’s deep foundation construction projects. However, if not properly managed, these conditions can lead to worker fatigue, resulting in unsafe working conditions. This is why companies need to take stronger measures to prevent fatigue.

  • Hearing Protection in the Deep Foundations Sector

    Understanding the hazards of noise to better protect workers from hearing loss

    By Paul Adair


    Every minute of every day, noise – both welcome and unwanted – surrounds us. While most of the sounds experienced, such as being stuck in traffic, watching television or having a conversation with a family member have no adverse effects on a person’s hearing, when noises are too loud for too long, they can damage the delicate structures found within the inner ear and result in eventual hearing loss.

  • Mitigating Mistakes

    Second Chance Line Restraint strap dramatically reduces injury risk on jobsites

    By Jim Timlick


    Second Chance Line Restraint owner John Unger logged thousands of hours at the controls of various types of cranes during his career in the construction industry. However, there is one particular shift that remains indelibly etched in his mind.

  • Noise Issues in the Construction Industry

    Protecting against worker hearing loss

    Submitted by Brigade


    Noise is inevitable in the construction industry; anyoneworking in this sector knows that “a quiet life” is never going to be part of their job description. However, the danger is that long-term exposure to high noise levels can cause Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), usually resulting from extended exposure to sound levels at or above 85 decibels (average decibel levels). Symptoms of NIHL include deafness and tinnitus, a distressing ringing in the ears that can have a highly detrimental impact on quality of life.

  • PPE for Women in Construction

    The right piece - and fit - are critical

    By Shel Zolkewich


    Personal protective Equipment (PPE) has become a commonplace term in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but for the construction industry, it's long been a critical tool of the trade.

  • The SiteReadyBC Site Safety Orientation Program

    Made for B.C., this safety program is ready to go country-wide 

    By Deb Draper


    SiteReadyBC is the new online interactive site safety orientation program developed by the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) to train inexperienced, transferred and returning workers on how to protect themselves and their employers from injury or fatality on the jobsite.

  • Working at Heights


    By Jenn Miller, Occupational Safety Group


    When it comes to working at heights trends and advancements in Canada, changes have been made at a slow, steady pace. In general, the trends and advancements have been for the betterment of the fall protection wearer, usually focusing on increasing comfort and safety. Some of the most notable recent trends include training standards set by the Ministry of Labour in Ontario, advancements in equipment and increased enforcement.

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Piling Canada is the premier national voice for the Canadian deep foundation construction industry. Each issue is dedicated to providing readers with current and informative editorial, including project updates, company profiles, technological advancements, safety news, environmental information, HR advice, pertinent legal issues and more.