Canadian Contractor

Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell is the Founder of CARAHS, a Health & Safety Organization. We are approved providers by the Ministry of Labour (Ontario) to teach Working at Heights Training (Pro#34609) Visit the Ministry of Labour's web site to view our listing
June 15, 2016 Voice

Seems McDonalds Restaurants makes it right in construction safety!

by Alec Caldwell

  Regardless if it’s a two-day shutdown and renovation of a McDonalds  restaurant, it seems safety mostly trumps, as I found out walking passed their location on Saanich Rd Victoria BC (British Columbia) Working from a platform installing siding were

September 22, 2015 Voice

What is “Working at Heights Training” in Ontario?

by Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell offers an FAQ concerning this now- mandatory training

September 15, 2015 Voice

The law rains down on Sunny Roofing

by Alec Caldwell

Some people never learn. Dong Mo, owner of Sunny Roofing in Toronto is a great example

September 9, 2015 Voice

A House of Cards: How renovation collapse could have been adverted

by Alec Caldwell

Could this home renovation collapse have been averted? Did ‘The System’ let everyone down?

August 26, 2015 Voice

Building permit, or not?

by Alec Caldwell

‘Not’ was a poor choice for this Scarborough contractor

August 18, 2015 Voice

Counterpoint: Why now Mr. Harper?

by Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell may be reluctant to look a gift horse in the mouth, but questions the motives behind Stephen Harper’s recent HRTC campaign promise.

August 18, 2015 Voice

Kite sailing on construction sites?

by Alec Caldwell

Here is an accident waiting to happen: A worker (photo) is carrying an 8’x4′ sheet of plywood near the edge of an unguarded work surface that is at least 15 foot above the ground.

August 11, 2015 Voice

The OCOT says ‘Talk to the Hand!’

by Alec Caldwell

Mired in controversy since its launch, the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) appears unwilling to respond to questions from its own members.

August 5, 2015 Voice

Nova Scotia immigrant hiring a boon or something else?

by Alec Caldwell

Dexter Construction has been honoured by an immigrant services organization for hiring 21 immigrants and refugees in Halifax in the last two years.

May 25, 2015 Voice

A word about rent-a-cops on construction sites

by Alec Caldwell

The Occupational Health and Safety Act, in Ontario, has very strict laws about construction hats on construction sites. Laws the cops flout at will, while they work on the side for extra bucks.

April 28, 2015 Voice

A National Day of Mourning for workplace accident victims

by Alec Caldwell

Since 1993, there have been about 19,000 workplace fatalities in Canada. In other words, a sold out NHL hockey arena in terms of the number of people.

April 13, 2015 Voice

“I could have saved a life that day, but I chose to look the other way”

by Alec Caldwell

The house Krysztof Mrugala was working on, as a mason, was opulent. The fine the constructor got, for being party to Krysztof’s death through lax safety practises, might have built a powder room at this palatial property.

April 8, 2015 Voice

Playing Russian Roulette in the residential roofing business

by Alec Caldwell

Perhaps roofers like this are smarter than the rest of us. Maybe they have friends in the business who can get them good deals on wheelchair ramps. Or caskets.

April 2, 2015 Voice

It’s here! NEW Working at Heights standard in Ontario is now in effect

by Alec Caldwell

No April Fool’s joke here: the new Working at Heights standard took effect in Ontario on April 1st.

March 24, 2015 Voice

Villain or hero? Claimant becomes a thorn in the side of the Ontario WSIB

by Alec Caldwell

Frank Brunato, a manager at WSIB, sought a peace bond against a disgruntled claimant who had been denied benefits. Brunato said that Mike Spencer, a champion of claimant’s rights, was ridiculing him on Facebook.

March 16, 2015 Voice

Ontario of College of Trades: Puppet spokesmen, dissing contractor associations and drawing fat paycheques

by Alec Caldwell

Are there no depths to which the Ontario College of Trades will not sink?

March 11, 2015 Voice

Fifty shades of grey in home renovation and custom home building safety

by Alec Caldwell

You don’t want to end up like Kelvin Chong Roofing, recently nailed for fall arrest safety violations, fined $15,000 plus a victim surcharge, and having his online reputation battered.

March 4, 2015 Voice

Is business slow? Maybe it’s your marketing?

by Alec Caldwell

Marketing yourself as a contractor in the centre of a city may require a different approach than the type of marketing that will work in outlying areas.