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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS REPORT
By David Frame
Director, Government Relations
Health and Safety
We have an obligation
to be leaders in health
and safety and to take
encourage government to
partner with us to support
initiatives that address
t is well known that construction is a high-risk
business, not only from a financial perspective but also in terms of workplace health and
safety. How we deal with the risk makes an
important statement to the public, our workers
and government about what our values are and
the effect they have on our ability to attract
new workers and gain government funding
OGCA has made health and safety one of our
strategic goals and we recognize it is an important component to success in our business.
Our work to promote safety groups and now
the COR™ program has encouraged members
to implement extremely successful programs.
Health and safety, of course, is a government priority. Too often the story is one of
tragedy, needless injury and loss of life. We
have an obligation to be leaders in health and
safety and to take responsibility and encourage government to partner with us to support
initiatives that address the problem.
On June 16, 2015, President Clive Thurston,
Safety Committee Chairman Craig Lesurf and
Rob Ellis of My Safe Work attended an Ontario
Cabinet meeting to talk about our commitment
to health and safety and also have the cabinet
members sign the "Jersey of Courage." It is an
important message. Health and safety don't
come from laws and enforcement but are a
result of employers and workers recognizing
the risks and taking action to mitigate them.
Our goal is to decrease the bad news tragedies
and replace them with success stories. The
meeting with Cabinet also made a statement
about OGCA and positioned us as an organization that government can call upon to address
issues and find solutions.
Our partnership with Rob Ellis has helped
us focus on the impact of workplace tragedy
and find the motivation to achieve excellence.
Rob has worked with many members including Walsh, Kenaidan, Maple Reinders and
Ball Construction to celebrate success and
motivate commitment. He is available to all
OGCA members to support the development
of your safety program and celebrate achieving
Our outreach to government continues on
many other fronts. A year into its mandate,
Clive Thurston, Kathleen Wynne,
Kevin Flynn, Craig Lesurf and
Rob Ellis supporting the Jerseys
of Courage, June 16, 2015.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Generals - Fall/Winter 2015
Incoming Chair’s Message
Government Relations Report
Upcoming Courses & New Members
Taking Health and Safety and Compliance Training Online
Leadership, Safety and the Jersey of Courage
Social Media Russian Roulette
OGCA’s 2015 Construction Symposium
Upcoming Events, Symposium and Conference 2015
Fall Prevention for General Contractors
Past Chairman’s Luncheon and Golf Tournament
77th Annual General Meeting and Conference
Will the Threat of Jail Really Improve Workplace Safety?
Are You Prepared for a Visit from an Ontario College of Trades Enforcement Officer?
Index to Advertisers
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2015