Sunny Roofing’s Dong Mo now in a Toronto jailby Alec Caldwell
The “roofing contractor” received his prison sentence on Nov. 23
Do illegal workers deserve Working at Heights training in Ontario?by Alec Caldwell
Under the table workers still need their Working At Heights certificates. Which leaves them in a dilemma.
“YOU’RE FIRED!” Worker loses job after refusing to sign papers at Ontario Working at Heights training sessionby Alec Caldwell
It’s too bad, because the man was doing the right thing by taking the training before the March 31, 2017 deadline.
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…
What is “Working at Heights Training” in Ontario?by Alec Caldwell
Alec Caldwell offers an FAQ concerning this now- mandatory training
The law rains down on Sunny Roofingby Alec Caldwell
Some people never learn. Dong Mo, owner of Sunny Roofing in Toronto is a great example
A House of Cards: How renovation collapse could have been advertedby Alec Caldwell
Could this home renovation collapse have been averted? Did ‘The System’ let everyone down?
Building permit, or not?by Alec Caldwell
‘Not’ was a poor choice for this Scarborough contractor
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.
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.
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.
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.
A word about rent-a-cops on construction sitesby 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.
A National Day of Mourning for workplace accident victimsby 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.
“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.
Playing Russian Roulette in the residential roofing businessby 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.
It’s here! NEW Working at Heights standard in Ontario is now in effectby Alec Caldwell
No April Fool’s joke here: the new Working at Heights standard took effect in Ontario on April 1st.
Villain or hero? Claimant becomes a thorn in the side of the Ontario WSIBby 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.