Construction
Call for vigilance on construction sites
Article published on 7 August 2020
logo imprimer
Noter cet article :
0 vote

Several projects resumed this week after the construction holidays and the Commission des normes, de l’équité, dela santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) reiterated the importance of taking the necessary measures to prevent accidents at work.

Employers and workers alike must take into account the recurring dangers associated with construction sites, such as for example, falls from heights or work carried out on an electrical installation.

The communications manager for the CNESST - Prevention-inspection department - North and West, Isabelle Raymond, gave more details on this subject.

In the Outaouais, 135 falls from heights were observed in the construction industry in the past year, while there were more than 700 in Quebec during the same period.

Evaluate the risks of a heatwave episode
The CNESST also recalls to be particularly careful on hot days, such as those experienced in recent weeks. To avoid heat stroke, workers need to apply prevention regarding heat work.

The full French interview with Isabelle Raymond on prevention advice in the construction industry is available here.

How to prevent thermal stress caused by heat?
The employer must implement preventive measures, including the following:
• postpone physically demanding tasks that are not essential;
• inform all workers and supervisors - current, new, temporary and students - about the risks, prevention methods, signs, symptoms, and first aid;
• supervise workers adequately;
• ensure that at-risk workers take a fixed-length break every hour and increase the length of breaks as the heat increases;
• ensure that workers take their breaks in air-conditioned or shaded areas;
• provide workers with sufficient fresh water, ensure that they have access to it and that they drink it [plan at least one glass of water every 20 minutes or more, according to the recommendations of the “Corrected air temperature” utility (TAC)];
• adjust the work rate according to the temperature.

For more information, visit the CNESST website at cnesst.gouv.qc.ca/chaleur.

Prevention measures for construction workers during COVID-19
This year in particular, in addition to the recurring dangers, companies must be extra vigilant due to COVID-19. It is important that all employers and their workers cooperate and adhere to current health guidelines. A COVID-19 toolkit has been put in place to refer construction workers to this effect. This guide is accompanied by a daily checklist, an appendix presenting recommendations for transporting workers in groups and a poster presenting preventive measures for the health of workers in the construction sector. Click here to learn more

Les Nouvelles du Pontiac

The SQ launches the national Drug-Alcohol operation

27 November 2020

All Quebec police services, in collaboration with the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), will intensify their interventions, from today (November 27), until January 4, as part of a “concerted national operation targeting the ability to drive impaired by alcohol or drugs.” In (...)

lire la suite

The Papier Masson plant is temporarily laying off workers

27 November 2020

Papiers White Birch executives for the Papier Masson mill (located in the Masson sector in Gatineau) say they have seen encouraging signs for newsprint demand in global markets, but that demand remains below what it was before the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the management of White Birch (...)

lire la suite

MRC elected officials highlight the arrival of Debbie Laporte

27 November 2020

During the meeting of the mayors of the MRC Pontiac held last Wednesday evening (November 25), the mayors of the region underlined the departure of Gaston Allard as mayor of Fort-Coulonge and the arrival of Debbie Laporte. In turn, the various elected officials, such as the mayor of Otter Lake, (...)

lire la suite

A balanced budget of 8.5 million for the MRC

27 November 2020

At the Council Meeting of the MRC Pontiac, held on Wednesday (November 25), the Council adopted a balanced budget of $ 8.5 million for 2021. According to the MRC Pontiac, the main objective was to reduce, in these difficult times of the pandemic, the quotas of local municipalities, from $ 0.14 (...)

lire la suite

“We're going to feel the repercussions for years to come” - Mike Dubeau

27 November 2020

In the latest update with the Director General of the Western Quebec School Board (WQSB) Mike Dubeau, he touched on the long-term impacts that COVID-19 will have on the education system. Dubeau mentioned the deficit students are facing when it comes to the opportunity of education they receive. (...)

lire la suite

A divided vote in favor of the Warden

26 November 2020

During the meeting yesterday (November 25) at the MRC Pontiac, the mayors voted on a resolution concerning the sums allocated to the consultant Pierre Vézina within the framework of the Biomass Valorization Center (CVB) project. For several months now, the Warden of the MRC Pontiac, Jane (...)

lire la suite


Advertising