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The construction industry has one of the highest incident rates in Canada.

Whether you’re building houses or industrial structures, paving roads or repairing and maintaining infrastructure, hazards are all around you in the construction industry. Working at heights, excavations, noise, dust, power tools and heavy equipment are just part of the job.

There were 232,629 Lost time Claims in Canada in 201526,015 were related to the construction industry.

Sadly, there were 852 reported workplace fatalities in Canada in 2015 . 538 of the deaths were related to exposure to harmful substances or environments while 128 deaths were related to vehicle incidents, many of them involving construction workers traveling to, from and around work-sites.

186 of the 852 workplace fatalities in 2015 were reported from the Construction industry.

The Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) was founded in 1919 as a non-profit organization to facilitate the exchange of information between Workers’ Compensation Boards and Commissions.

The most common fatalities are caused by the fatal four: falls, being struck by an object, electrocutions, and being caught in between two objects. Working in construction also comes with a higher chance of being struck by a vehicle.

Everyone should get home from work safely.

We all know the financial costs of failing to provide for worker safety: fines, shutdowns, loss of confidence in the company, as well as myriad direct and indirect costs associated with injuries, equipment damage, environmental impacts and production losses. We also know that a distressed economy doesn’t change the fact that companies are required by law to have and maintain programs that effectively protect their workers.

We can help.

Health and safety regulations are always changing, which makes it difficult for you, your workers and subcontractors to keep up to date and have certainty that you are always working within current rules. ABCanada is ready to help you keep everyone on the same page for compliance so you can keep your projects safe and on schedule.

Our software is user-friendly, cloud-based, and designed for end users. We can communicate industry and company changes to all your workers, whether they’re on-site or in the office.

In order to assist construction companies to meet their provincial and federal regulatory needs, ABCanada provides a suite of policies, practices, procedures and forms within our cloud-based HSE Management System (LibraSystem).

You’ll find our HSE Software full of relevant HSE policies, best practices, task-specific procedures, and forms.

They’re all based on industry best practices and regulated requirements, and we update them for you as requirements change. The content is practical and user-friendly; easy to search, review and print; and it can be customized to meet your specific needs.

By accessing and using ABCanada’s policies and procedures, construction companies meet their commitments to safety management and ensure the protection of their workers and the environment.

Our programs are suitable for COR and SECOR certifications and have been reviewed extensively by industry registries such as ISNetworld, PICS/Avetta and ComplyWorks.

We always get a passing grade and would be happy to help you through the certification and review processes. Take a look at our HSE Registry Compliance and COR/SECOR Support Services as well as our HSE Consulting Services.

In addition to the information provided through LibraSystem, ABCanada also provides companies with access to a  comprehensive incident tracking and management system, ABCan-Track.

When incidents and near misses happen, our cloud-based system helps ensure that they won’t happen again!

Thankfully not every work-site incident is a catastrophe, and one of the best ways to prevent catastrophic incidents is to learn as much as you can from the smaller incidents and near misses happening on your worksites. Many companies are already using ABCan-Track to identify and track trends, document investigations, and root causes, and assign corrective actions and notifications to ensure a safer future at our worksites. Real-time communication between all members invested in a your company’s HSE program allows HSE managers and supervisors to keep track of HSE activities, goals, progress and problem areas.

Keep your construction workers safe.

Infographic : Key Canadian construction figures via the Canadian Construction Association

At ABCanada we don’t treat HSE initiatives as check box exercises and we don’t take short cuts when it comes to protecting workers and the environment. Buying our software is not a finality- it’s simply the beginning of your journey toward implementing a strong safety culture within your organization, and we will be there every step of the way. Selling you our software isn’t the end of our job. Support, training and continuous improvement are a part of our mission. It is our goal to provide you with an affordable health, safety and environment program designed to meet all of your compliance needs.