Prestigious condo project for deep foundations contractors inc.

By Sarah B. Hood

On Toronto’s busy St. Clair Avenue, atop the steep climb of Bathurst Street, a remarkable new condominium building is remaking a gateway intersection in a developing neighbourhood that is as well known for its multicultural diversity as for its favourable situation overlooking the rest of the city. Appropriately named the Rise, the project was spearheaded by Reserve Properties Ltd., a family business that has been active in commercial and residential development across North America for over three decades. 

Doublestar Drilling was awarded the temporary shoring contract for the construction for the construction and excavation for Calgary’s largest upscale condo project

By Lisa Kopochinski

When completed in 2018, Calgary’s newest upscale condominium project – the Concord – will be one of the city’s most luxurious living quarters.

Situated downtown in the Eau Claire neighbourhood, construction on this 14-storey project, which began in April, will include two towers of condos and townhouses overlooking the south shore of the Bow River.

With the first of the two towers expected to be completed in 30 to 36 months (and the second tower approximately six months later) Vancouver-based builder Concord Pacific has already sold 50 per cent of the first tower’s units. This includes five penthouses ranging in price from $2.5 million to $7 million.

When it comes to staying safe on the job site, communication is key

By Jess Campbell

When leaving for work each morning, we often don’t think about our safety. We tend to take for granted that we’ll have a decent day and come home to our loved ones, ready to eat and rest and do it all again tomorrow. But, of course, accidents happen. The Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), in its most recent data, reports that in 2014, there were 919 workplace deaths across the country; 232 of those happened in the construction industry. That may not seem like a significant number, but you could argue that anything above zero is significant when it comes to workplace fatalities.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility and shouldn’t rest solely on the shoulders of the safety manager or site supervisor. Safety talks are a fantastic resource to incorporate into your organization’s safety program. Talking, however, is one thing; walking that talk is another. How do you keep your team engaged and focused during a safety talk? Who should conduct them, and how often? There are many different ways to hold effective safety talks and ensure everyone heads home safely at the end of the day.

Best safety practices for deep foundation construction sites

By Sarah B. Hood

The piling industry is much safer than it once was. Dennis Bell, HSE manager for Northstar Energy Services Inc., recalls how different things used to be, even around the turn of the millennium.

“Now, we have designated pile driving units and hydraulic hammers,”he said. “Riggers used to climb the leads, so you had fall issues. Now, if something happens, [the clients supply a] zoom boom platform; we don’t climb leads anymore. It’s nice to see that the industry has come to a higher level of safety.”

But even with the advances, there are still concerns.

“The piling construction industry continues to have one of the highest WSIB premium rates in industry [twelfth highest out of 155 rate groups in Ontario],” said Paul Belair, MBA, BASc, CRSP, CHSE, the director of health, safety and environment for Keller Canada. Among the common industry hazards, he lists musculoskeletal injuries, trips and falls, contact with mobile equipment and rigs, injuries from equipment contact with live utilities services and entanglement from rotating parts.

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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.