Canada’s construction sector is set to become the 5th largest in the world, driven by global demand for our natural resources and the urgent need to modernize this country’s aging infrastructure.
The demand for hiring a whole new generation of construction workers, young workers, newcomers, temporary and contract employees from outside Canada presents new and unique challenges to Canada’s construction safety culture.
Young workers graduating from community colleges have some co-op experience. But they, too, need close supervision as they enter the work force, including on-the-job construction safety training and mentoring from experienced supervisors.
More private sector employers are recognizing that safety and production go hand-in-hand. Workplace safety has a demonstrably positive impact on the bottom line. It improves the efficiency of the industry.
When workplace safety is a top priority workers are more productive.