The ICI Construction Rate Group 723 assessment
rate will drop 7.5%, from $4.40 to $4.07 for 2018. The maximum Insurable
earnings will increase to $90,300 in 2018.
OGCA, with our partners in the CEC, successfully
persuaded the WSIB to decrease construction premium rates. They were constantly
at levels above target rates and as a result, the construction industry was
paying down a disproportionate amount of the unfunded liability (UFL). Most
construction assessment rates were reduced by up to 7.6%.
The WSIB is on target to pay down the UFL
by 2020 and reported that the Accident Fund is now 91.8% funded with $2.6
billion still to be retired.
For 2020, the WSIB has scheduled the
implementation of a new rating system called Rate Framework. Employers have now
been mailed information about the change that confirms their current rate
group(s) and the new assessment rate which will be G-1 for most OGCA members.
Most multi-rated firms will find that they will be singly rated. Please review
the rules and ensure it is appropriate in your case.
We encourage all members to review this
information for accuracy and contact the WSIB if it is not. It will serve as
your registration in the New Rate Framework system effective 2020.
Click here to read the letter from WSIB.
President Clive Thurston would like to remind everyone that the upcoming OGCA AGM and Conference will be held at the Omni King Edward Hotel, October 19 - 22, 2017. Hope to see you there! Click here
to visit the Events page on the OGCA website.
The League of Champions is preparing for
Friday’s OGCA Safety Awards Breakfast, where the newest members of the League
will be recognized and celebrated for their outstanding leadership.
industry where construction is defined as "High Risk," the League of Champions
will present a special recognition to those champion companies who have gone
above and beyond their commitment in Health and Safety by developing,
integrating, and successfully achieving COR – the Certificate of Recognition.
We are proud
of our members for their extraordinary leadership when it comes to continuing
to raise the bar in Health and Safety, while building a safety culture in the
Safety Awards Breakfast will be held this Friday, September 29, 2017 at Verdi
Convention Centre, 3550 Derry Road East in Mississauga. Guest speakers
include: Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, CPO
George Gritziotis, Rod Cook - Vice President of WSIB, and Champion Leader and
MySafeWork President Rob Ellis.
To learn more
about the League of Champions and how you can join, please visit www.theleagueofchampions.com
September 22, Keynote speaker Jessica DiSabatino from MySafeWork spoke to over
400 students who are entering into the construction and utility program at St. Clair
College in Chatham, Ontario.
Leader Dave Hannon, from Stuart Olson Constructors, helped field questions
related to workplace safety, reinforcing the message that students have the
right to refuse unsafe work. He advised that it is their right to have the proper
orientation and training that is required and they should speak up if unsafe acts are
being carried out.
Jessica DiSabatino’s next stop is at Ottawa University on October 19, 2017. Champion Leaders are invited to attend. Please contact Lyndsy@ogca.ca to register.
The Certificate of Recognition (COR™)
certification is awarded to companies that have demonstrated ability in the
development and implementation of an effective health and safety program.
With an outstanding score of 92%, OGCA
would like to congratulate Alpeza General Contracting Inc. (AGC), for its
accomplishment in achieving their COR™ designation.
This achievement for a small contracting
company makes a strong statement about how much they value their workers and
how committed they are to ensuring that their employees and jobsites are safe
and secure from injury.
"At AGC, keeping a safe and healthy
workplace is more important than convenience. By achieving COR™, we wanted to
develop a whole-hearted commitment towards worker safety and a corporate safety
culture that is fully embraced across our organization, starting from the top
to the bottom including our subtrades.
Achieving COR™ was not an easy task for
a small firm like ours. It required personal dedication and commitment, not
only by senior management, but also by our entire AGC team to keep the
workplace safe at all times, while managing high volumes of safety documents.
We are successful today because we set
realistic goals and time-frames, adopting a safety culture custom tailored for
our unique AGC team and projects."
John Alpeza, President, Alpeza General
In this issue:
- IHSA Safety Talk: Needlestick and Sharp-object
- Health and Safety Advisory: Tower Crane Hoist Brakes
- Time for a mid-year review of your health and safety
- IHSA supports Whitby Hydro Contractor Safety Day
- Reminder: IHSA Annual General Meeting October 4
- Working at Heights Refresher update
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February 23, 2018 - Leadership Day at Verdi Convention Centre
July 9, 2018 - OGCA Golf Tournament at Glencairn Golf Course
September 25 - 30, 2018 - OGCA's 80th AGM and Conference in Vancouver, BC
Congratulations to Mike Moore for being
named one of Ontario’s safest small business by the WSIB at their Annual
Meeting on September 20, 2017. Over 60 firms were nominated and three,
including Mike Moore, were selected and recognized.
President Clive Thurston
congratulated Jason Shuttleworth who accepted the award on behalf of his
company. Mike Moore has been COR Certified since 2013.
The Ministry of Labour has released its latest newsletter. Click here
Click here to read RCCAO’s latest report entitled "Infrastructure Ontario: A Key Agency
to Implement the Long-Term Infrastructure Plan." It is a single report
that has two parts, with the more comprehensive review of IO in Part 2.
McMillan has released its latest newsletter. Click here to read it.
The Cleveland Clinic is holding a Men's Health night on September 28.
Please click here to see the invitation and contact numbers to register.
Sherrard Kuzz is offering an intensive course entitled: CONDUCTING AN EFFECTIVE WORKPLACE HARASSMENT INVESTIGATION. Click here
for the details.
Recent amendments to the Ontario Health and Safety Act, Bill 132
stand to dramatically change how workplace harassment is addressed in Ontario and will continue to be a paramount issue for employers. As a direct result of these
amendments, recent Supreme Court rulings have made it much easier for employees to sue their employer for damages resulting
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