Alberta’s employers will see their premiums drop by more than 8 per cent on average in 2014. The average industry premium rate is $1.03, continuing to be the lowest average rate in Canada. Construction industry rates vary by rate group. Find out more.
OHS Partnerships is seeking input from stakeholders on the question of developing some new methods to deal with Certificate of Recognition (COR) holders who have been through the Employer Review process two or more times, but where their health and safety performance is not improving over time. They will measure performance using the new Employer Scorecard which considers Disabling Injury Rate, Loss Time Claim Rate, Days Lost Frequency Rate and the occurrence of fatalities over multiple years.
Currently, when reportable incidents occur, to COR holders, Partnerships conducts a review of the incident with and determines whether the employer may have significant deficiencies in their health and safety management systems. When deficiencies are identified, a meeting is held with the employer and an action plan with deliverables and completion dates is developed. As this process occurs each time a reportable incident occurs with a COR holder, some employers have been through the action plan process several times. While most employers show some dramatic improvement following completion of their action plans, not all improve and some continue to have more incidents. There are not many COR holders in this situation, but they are aware of some, and they will be in better position to identify others once the data from 2013 from the WCB becomes available. The idea is for Partnerships to develop a “toolbox” of approaches that we could use to assist these COR holders.
ACA’s Safety / WCB Committee met with Partnerships November 28. Click here to see the OHS presentation from the 28.
As per the preceding paragraph, OHS is seeking industry input on additional measures to address those few employers who continue to trigger reviews (OHS ideas are covered in bottom slide on page 10 of the attached document) . One idea raised yesterday from industry was that these employers be subject to more frequent and random external audits as part of their action plan. The regular audit cycle would come into play once OHS was satisfied that the problems had been rectified.
Please provide your comments by December 12 to email@example.com
Please note that CCA 14 has been replaced by CCDC 14 Design-Build Stipulated Price Contract.
With the introduction of CCDC 14, the Supplementary General Conditions to align CCDC 14 with the Alberta Builders’ Lien Act replace the previous SGC for CCA 14.
You can access the SGC here.
aceBIM’s annual Symposia attracted 120 participants in Edmonton and 90 in Calgary November 20th and 21st. The Symposia featured keynotes by Federico Negro from CASE (a BIM consultancy in New York City) and Dale Sawyer of DIRTT, as well as speakers in each of 4 themed breakouts – fabricator, contractor, consultant, and owner. ACA’s Executive Director moderated the contractor section, which featured presentations by Dan Doherty (Clark Builders), Thomas Strong (EllisDon), Drew Teal (PCL), Kees Cusveller (Graham), and Kevin Grover (Stantec).
Contractors sited numerous potential BIM benefits, including improved planning, scheduling and logistics; in turn leading to greater offsite prefabrication, and dramatic reductions in RFIs, rework, and change orders; in turn reducing site risks and cost escalation.
Numerous challenges to BIM implementation remain, including unclear owner expectations; project delivery methods and supporting contracts that inhibit collaboration and contribute to a sequential and therefore time consuming construction process; unclear roles and responsibilities; challenges with intellectual property and potential liability; integrating multiple software applications; limited supply of trained BIM experts and practitioners; and current business culture and expectations.
Contractors outlined a number of lessons learned to improve successful adoption, including: appointing a BIM champion corporately and for each project; utilizing collaborative project delivery methods and contracts; implementing a BIM execution plan and supporting contracts that provide clear expectations, roles, and deliverables including required level of detail, naming conventions, and file transfer protocols; ensuring the project team can blend skill sets, for example, experienced trades supervisory personnel teamed with BIM technical support. Contractors urged starting now, learning by selecting portions of projects where BIM can be applied; and utilizing free resources and apps from the web.
Key items discussed by Safety / WCB committee November 7th included:
- Occupational exposure to silica dust. ACA thanks Diane Radnoff (AB OHS) for her presentation. OHS worksite sampling found many vertical sites and workers across numerous occupations exposure higher than the limit. Awareness was low and in many instances safe procedures were not in use. ACA will work with members and OHS to address these issues.
- WCB draft policy on causation. Please email any comments on the draft policy to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 4
ACA thanks a number of trade associations and individual contractors for their feedback on the draft trade definitions. The trade definitions committee will finalize recommendations for consideration by the ACA Board November 15th.
ACA was pleased to receive recognition November 5 as a new Partner in the OHS Partners Program. Participation in the program provides an opportunity for ACA to promote best practices, receive current information of value to the members, and as an additional channel for industry advocacy.
ACA thanks the Medicine Hat Construction Association for inviting ACA Chairman Bob Robinson and Executive Director Ken Gibson to join the MHCA member meeting held October 29th. The very well attended meeting was an opportunity for ACA to hear directly from member firms. Developing practices to reduce exposure to silica dust generated a lot of discussion. MHCA is also considering a partnership with Alberta Works to deliver more Workforce Essential Skills assessments and training to their members, an issue that ACA is also looking at.