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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS REPORT By David Frame Director, Government Relations The Significance of Construction Health and Safety I 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. 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 for infrastructure. 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 COR™ Certification. 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. Fall/Winter 2015 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Generals - Fall/Winter 2015

Chairman’s Message
Incoming Chair’s Message
President’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

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