The HHCA's 95th Annual General Meeting & Dinner will be held on Thursday, February 19th at Carmen's Banquet Hall. Tickets have been selling quick and there's just the Cocktail Luge sponsorship left! The Luge Sponsorship must be reserved by February 5th, please contact Alana for details.
During the evening the HHCA will be honouring our two Hall of Fame inductees, Walter Koppelaar of Walters Inc. and James W. Barclay of The Barclay Construction Group. The HHCA will also be celebrating our Young Leader Award with Kevin Voorberg of Schreiber Brothers as our 2015 Young Leader Award recipient.
We will also be honouring HHCA contractors with the Safety Awards. The Safety Awards will recognize HHCA members for their excellent injury/frequency scores for 2012/2013.
HHCA Member Benefit: Mark's Work Wearhouse Discount Cards
HHCA February Hours
The HHCA will be closed on Monday, February 16, 2015 for the Family Day holiday. Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend!
The HHCA is gearing up for our 60th Annual Curling Bonspiel which will be held on Wednesday, March 4th at Glendale Golf and Curling Club. The registration is $110 (plus tax) per individual and $440 (plus tax) for a team (foursome). If you are unable to curl, consider joining us for dinner for only $45 plus tax.
Your registration includes Curling with lessons (if needed), a BBQ buffet lunch and a buffet dinner.
Only two sponsorships are available which are only $350 each. You can choose to sponsor Lunch or Dinner.
The HHCA would like to congratulate all of our Safety Award winners! The following companies will be honoured for having excellent injury/frequency scores for 2012/2013 at the HHCA's Annual General Meeting on February19th. Congratulations and keep up the great work of keeping a safe work environment!
COCA Expects WSIB Consultation Paper on Implementation of a New Funding Model Soon
In December 2014 the Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) reported that the WSIB is expected to publish a consultation paper in the near future to engage stakeholders with regard to the implementation of a new funding model. The consultation builds on the work initiated by Harry Arthurs that's detailed in his report "Funding Fairness" which was made public in May 2012 and the follow-on work of Doug Stanley that culminated in his report "Pricing Fairness" published in February 2014. Because the WSIB has had almost a year to consider Stanley's recommendations, COCA anticipates the discussion paper will be detailed and may be highly technical that may seek stakeholder advice on an almost fully developed new funding model. This new model will almost certainly propose to:
merge the current 155 rate groups into 20 to 30 with risk bands within each
replace the current three experience rating programs (NEER, CAD 7 and MAP) with one
change experience rating from retrospective to prospective
present a different way to asses the unfunded liability retirement charge
provide a balances between rate stability and rate responsiveness
While COCA expects the discussion paper to be highly technical, they hope it will be written in such a way that all stakeholders will be able to provide intelligent and useful advice to the WSIB at different levels.
COCA expects the WSIB will move very carefully through what could be a full year of consultation on this file as the scale and significance of the proposed reforms have not been contemplated in decades and once finalized and implemented, they will last a generation.
The HHCA has just received our new Mark's Work Wearhouse discount cards!
Your discount card entitles you to 10% off on Carhatt merchadise, Dakota Industrial workwear, DH & WR Knits, Wovens, Polos, T-shirts, Denim shirts, Cotton twill & dress pants, Jeans, Winter & Safety Accessories, Casual and CSA approved footwear.
Pick up your discount card at the HHCA office or have them mailed to you by contacting the HHCA.
MOL Bulletin: Vehicle/Mobile Equipment and Visibility Hazards at Industrial Workplaces
On December 31, 2014 the Ministry of Labour issued a bulletin regarding Vehicle/Mobile Equipment and Visibility Hazards at Industrial Workplaces.
Workers can be at risk of serious injury due to hazards involving vehicles and mobile equipment such as forklifts, tow buggies and pallet walkies can be found in industrial workplaces. Incidents involving these vehicles have resulted in worker injuries, deaths and damage to property. There have also been a number of "near misses" in which incidents could have occured.
Duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act