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Think BIG magazine is the flagship publication of the Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association. In each issue, we highlight some of SHCA’s members and their projects in editorial features.

Five Safety Best Practices That Can Help

It has been said we are what we repeatedly do. Workers do not purposely disregard safety rules and warnings, but it is easy to become complacent, even with training.

In 2017, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) embarked on a year long process engaging with members and stakeholders across the country to develop a new five-year plan. Approved at CCA’s latest board meetings in Banff in March, you can view the plan at The vision of the plan is to “Build a Better Canada” by inspiring a progressive, innovative and sustainable construction industry that consistently acts with integrity.

The impact on sub-contractors and trades

Amy Groothuis, Miller Thomson LLP

In safety-sensitive workplaces, employers often implement “zero tolerance” drug and alcohol policies. Having a strict standard for impairment in the workplace is a straightforward way to clearly establish employee expectations. There is no grey line: a worker is either compliant with the policy or not. With zero tolerance policies, non-compliance generally results in immediate discipline, up to and including dismissal from employment.

UAVs to the Rescue

A tool for emergency management 


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