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SmartSite uses sensors to monitor construction workers’ health and safety

A startup called SmartSite has released hardware and cloud-based software to help the construction industry track what their employees are exposed to and take measures to protect them from harm.

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Health orders issued for Edmonton's MacDonald Loft units

Alberta Health Services last week inspected the MacDonald Lofts, a 102-year-old building on 105 Avenue just northeast of the new downtown arena. When AHS was done, six units had signs posted on them ordering they be vacated.

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Not enough construction workers wearing protective equipment in Saskatchewan

OHS inspections conducted at residential construction sites last year found only 48 per cent of construction workers were wearing protective headgear, only 50 per cent of workers were trained in fall protection and only 41 per cent used fall protection.

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Leaking water pipe in Stanley Park could effect Vancouver's water supply

A water main running through Vancouver's Stanley Park that supplies most of the west side of the city has been leaking for six weeks, despite efforts to repair it.

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Saskatchewan Children's Hospital contractor stops using lift that killed worker

The construction site for Saskatoon's new Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan has reopened after a worker died in an industrial accident on July 21. 

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Quebec construction company fined for unsafe work practices

A Quebec construction company has been fined for unsafe work practices, following the death of an employee who fell from the Champlain ice bridge last September.

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TransCanada Energy East pipeline jobs, safety focus of public hearings

The National Energy Board heard about the need for jobs TransCanada Corp.'s proposed Energy East pipeline would bring to New Brunswick, as well as environmental and safety concerns regarding the $15.7-billion project, as national public hearings kicked off in Saint John on Monday

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Where Does Asbestos Lurk?

Asbestos is found in most all residential and industrial buildings that were refurbished or built prior to the year 2000. Many of the common materials that are used to build homes and buildings contain asbestos.

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Fort McMurray residents frustrated that fire cleanup has barely begun

Residents of some Fort McMurray neighbourhoods are frustrated that, two months after others started moving back to the northern Alberta city, they still haven’t been told whether they can return home or start to rebuild.

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City of Toronto: Out-of-service elevators at luxury condo not a safety hazard

The City of Toronto says there's no safety risk for residents of one of the city's tallest and most luxurious condominium building, where half the elevators have been out of service and the top-most floors are served by a manually operated lift.

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Ruptured gas line triggers safety concerns at construction site in Belleville

A heightened level of nervousness still lingers with downtown proprietors after the rupturing of a gas pipe triggered a full scale evacuation of the core Monday evening.

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Construction worker dies after accident at Saskatoon Children's Hospital work site

A 21-year-old man is dead following an industrial accident at the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan construction site on Thursday.

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Whistler construction worker develops new safety invention

Whistler resident Gregg Vollet hopes to reduce the frequency of workers performing potentially dangerous tasks without the necessary safety equipment with his invention, the Groggle. Four years after developing the idea, Vollet is turning to crowdfunding to help propel his product into the manufacturing stage. 

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Alberta focusing on the residential construction industry for safety inspections this summer

Christina Gray, Minister of Labour, announced Occupational Health and Safety inspectors would increase inspections on worksites on weekends and other times outside of regular working hours, to make sure safety standards are being met.

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Equipment collapse at new Saskatchewan potash mine causes 'consequential damage'

No significant injuries were reported but the 28-metre-tall pressure vessel’s collapse caused “consequential damage” to the province’s newest potash mine, the potash company said in a news release

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