Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has awarded two new contracts to clean up historic low-level radioactive waste in Port Hope, Ont., as part of the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI).

A work package in the waterfront area has been awarded to Arcadis and was scheduled to begin this past spring. The package includes the excavation and removal of waste from the West Beach, Mill Street South and CN/CP viaduct areas, and is expected to be complete in 2020.

In addition, Milestone Environmental Services will undertake the cleanup of several residential properties and one commercial property as part of a separate work package. This is the first of many work packages to be offered to clean up residences.

Under CNL’s oversight, both contractors will excavate the waste and transport it to the new storage facility, backfill the sites with clean soil and restore the landscape.

“With the cleanup of multiple sites happening at the same time, the safe movement of waste along the designated PHAI transportation routes requires a high degree of coordination,” said Bryan Tyers, CNL’s director of project delivery for the PHAI. “We continue to work closely with the Municipality of Port Hope to minimize the impacts of the project on the community.”

The work will occur concurrently with the remediation of three temporary waste storage sites, including one on the Centre Pier, previously awarded to Amec Foster Wheeler.

The larger cleanup of Port Hope Harbour and Centre Pier will be undertaken under a separate contract and is scheduled to begin in 2019.

“Safety of the public and our workers, and protection of the environment remains our top priority,” said Tyers. “I invite anyone with a question or concern about the PHAI to contact our office or visit our website at PHAI.ca for up-to-date information about our current work.”


DFI announces new Tunneling and Underground Systems committee

DFI has announced the formation of the Tunneling and Underground Systems committee. The committee is focused on identifying and facilitating the advancement of new methods and technologies for design, construction, inspection, maintenance and operation of tunnels and underground systems. Technical focus areas include conventional and mechanized excavation methods, design practices for tunnel liners, the use of new materials in construction, waterproofing and water control systems, contracting methods and the allocation of risk and construction practices.

The committee plans to foster technology transfer among the owners, stakeholders, designers, contractors and material suppliers involved in the use and construction of tunnels and underground structures; foster collaboration with the academic community, equipment suppliers and major tunnel contractors and owners to address research needs and knowledge gaps; and to promote the education and training of graduate and undergraduate students to develop emerging industry leaders in this field of practice.

The Tunneling and Underground Systems committee is being co-chaired by James Morrision, P.E., a vice president of COWI, and David R. Klug, president of David R. Klug and Associates, Inc.

To learn more about the Tunneling and Underground
Systems committee visit: www.dfi.org/commhome.asp?TUNS.


ECA conducts first-ever BAUER Drilling Rig Safety Training

Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) held its first-ever BAUER OT-B Drilling Rig Operator’s Training from May 7–11, at its Coraopolis, Pa., headquarters. The course came in the wake of the 100-year-old company being designated a Regional Training Center for BAUER Foundation Equipment, a rare honour granted by BAUER Maschinen.

ECA trainers Joe Kinworthy and Jason Church tapped into 45 collective years of drilling rig experience to help operators from several respected foundation drilling contractors improve safety and productivity. The course focused on such topics as drilling rig stability, safe operation, ground conditions, safe working platforms, productivity and new technology.

“Drilling rig accidents often bring dire consequences,” said corporate director of parts and service Dave Schell. “If we can help to prevent even one tragedy for our customers, this program will be a success.”

ECA can host a customized training session or bring the program directly to a location of your choice. Contact Dave Schell at 301-599-1300 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Canadian Construction Association: The U.S. imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum is unacceptable

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is surprised by the decision of the United States to impose tariffs on Canada for the import of steel and aluminium under section 232 of the Trade Act of 1962.

“The imposition of such tariffs will hurt the construction industry, its workers and fundamentally all Canadians by raising prices for consumers and damaging competitiveness for business,” said Mary Van Buren, CCA’s president.

The CCA has long advocated for reciprocity and the establishment and maintenance of a free-flowing international system of trade, both in terms of goods as well as services. CCA supports international free trade agreements, including provisions respecting government procurement.

“A trade war will have a negative effect on citizens on both sides of the border, but CCA is pleased that the Canadian government has taken prompt and decisive action to defend our industry and its workers,” said Van Buren.

CCA is inviting both countries to go back to the table and come to an agreement that will re-establish what has always been a great trading relationship.


How to prevent accidents: five safety best practices that can help

Workers do not purposely disregard safety rules and warnings, but it is easy to get distracted or become complacent, even with training.

Technology aids are great, and product engineers work hard to rid designs of hazards, but safety awareness is the greatest protection against accidents.

Making safety a habit, every day, requires self-discipline. Know the hazards involved, be disciplined about using the equipment correctly; and understanding and following all safety requirements, all the time.

Following good safety practices protects not only equipment operators, but also everyone who works in their proximity, ensuring everyone can all go home safely after their job is done.

While operator safety is paramount, a safe jobsite is also a more efficient and productive one: less downtime from accidents and fewer repair costs from improper machine usage and maintenance.

The following five safety guidelines may seem basic, but they help ensure safe operating practices every day, says the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), which relays safety-trends information through its CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 initiative and its extensive array of safety and training materials:

  1. Follow your company’s safety program. Never operate machinery under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Be aware and alert to any potential hazards in your specific working condition. Participate in all required training.
  2. Know important safety alerts and signal words posted in your work area or on the equipment you operate. The following words have significant differences in their meaning for safety: Danger, Warning, Caution, Notice. If you’re not sure what a certain safety alert or signal means, ask a supervisor or safety professional.
  3. Protect yourself. Wear all necessary personal protective equipment: Hard hats, gloves, safety glasses and boots may be required in order to operate machinery safely.
  4. Know the rules. Most employers have rules governing equipment use and maintenance. Before you start work, check with your supervisor or safety coordinator and be sure about the rules you’ll be expected to obey.
  5. Know the equipment. Make sure you understand the capabilities and hazards of the equipment you’ll be operating. Read the owner’s manuals, safety literature and any other resources made available to you.

Learn more at www.conexpoconagg.com/subscribe and www.aem.org.


Link-Belt Cranes announces new 348 Series 2

Link-Belt Cranes has introduced the all-new 348 Series 2 300-ton (273-mt) lattice crawler crane. Over the years, Link-Belt’s 348 class of lattice crawler has been job proven on projects from Prudoe Bay, Ala., to Miami, Fla. Crane owners and operators will have a lot to like about the new 348 Series 2 300-ton (273-mt) lattice crawler crane. First shipments of the new 348 Series 2 will begin in the fourth quarter 2018 following final testing in Lexington, Ky.


Manufactured and assembled in North America with support around the globe, both Cummins QSL 9,350 hp Tier 4 Final and Tier III engine options are available and deliver efficient power to a Kawasaki pump and motor package for fast, responsive, fingertip control providing simultaneous operation wherever it is needed.

Dual swing motors provide dynamic control for the incredibly smooth free swing all Link-Belt HYLABS are famous for having. The operator can also dial swing speed up or down with volume speed controls in the cab.

Matching hydraulically driven main and auxiliary hoist drums utilize Link-Belt designed gear drives for either straight power-up/power-down auto brake mode or can also incorporate an optional “wet clutch” free fall feature, if required.


CCDA statement on women in trades

It’s about ability, not gender

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) and all of its members are celebrating the hard work and dedication of the women who successfully work in the skilled trades. In the skilled trades, the majority of which are male-dominated, women have faced unique challenges including gender-biased stereotyping, lack of female mentors and positive role models and challenges balancing caregiving responsibilities with unsupportive work arrangements and inadequate access to childcare. Not only are these women successfully entering these occupations, they often do so in very small numbers. Women continue to be largely under-represented in the skilled trades.

Why so few women in the skilled trades?

Gender research suggests that male-dominted occupations are often surrounded by a culture that does not anticipate or respond adequately to the needs of women and diverse groups. This culture can create a barrier for many women wanting to enter the labour market and break through to the careers they really want. Women who start apprenticeships may not complete to certification because of the workplace culture, even with the promise of better wages.

We need to act

The research also shows that this culture does not reflect the actual beliefs and values held by many men and women. This mean that change is possible and can start with us. Many workplace leaders are implementing sexual harassment and respectful workplace policies. In many work sites, this has improved the environment for all employees.  Unfortunately, we are not yet there, and women continue to experience inappropriate conduct at work. Employers and labour organizations must continue to play a leadership role to create change. With everyone working together, we will ensure these policies translate into safe and respectful work environments.

It is time to create a new culture that revolves around diversity, passion, artistry and, most importantly, ability, not gender. We must continue to create collaborative cultures and reframe work environments so that we are all aware of our biases and support the success of everyone.

Blaze a trail; leave a legacy

The evidence is clear, the best and most effective way to increase the number of women in male-dominated fields is to see women working in them. We salute Canada’s female apprentices and journeypersons for following their dreams and forging a path for other women.

If you are a young girl or woman interested in apprenticeship, look for role models and seek mentors and colleagues that support you in your journey. Be prepared to stand up for your beliefs. Know your strengths and skills, your values, your talents and your passions. We encourage you to pursue your interests and follow your dreams.

What can you do?

The CCDA is calling all leaders to action. Get to know what is going on in your workplace and ensure the women working in the skilled trades are given quality work, are supported to learn and carry out their tasks successfully and experience a respectful workplace. We can all do better; for our mothers, daughters and sisters. Together we can blaze the trail! There is power in numbers.






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