COVID-19 AND OUR SITES
Every person coming to one of our projects is being screened.
The questions are all related to COVID-19:
- Have you returned from travel outside of Canada since March 12, 2020?
- Are you experiencing symptoms of a sore throat, cough or troubles breathing?
- Have you been exposed to a person who has a confirmed or probable case of the COVID-19 infection?
If the answer is yes to any of the above, personnel will be asked to leave our projects and/or office and will be advised to report to their employer, to self-isolate and seek medical attention should any of the symptoms escalate.
We continue to ask that everyone in our offices or on our projects participate in the following:
- No handshake policy – verbal greetings only
- Limit in-person meetings, whenever possible use video meetings
- Use email and phone communication when possible in place of in-person meetings
- Follow every day preventative measures to minimize the risk of spreading the virus
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often using an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes or mouth
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Maintain at least two metres (6 feet) between yourself and anyone else
- If you’re feeling unwell, stay at home
- If any person is ill or displaying symptoms of the virus (cold or flu), we ask that they do not visit our projects and/or offices
- Limit use of public transit where possible
- Postpone travel
- Respect all preventative measures recommended by Health Canada
To support our efforts, Buttcon Limited will not permit any visitor (escorted or otherwise) or non-essential personnel access to any of our construction projects or offices.
To access any of projects, coordination will need to be made in advance with the Project Superintendent or a Buttcon Limited direct employee.
Screening of each visitor will be required prior to them entering any of our offices or project sites.
Screenings are to take place by Buttcon Limited personnel and are to be documented on the sign in/sign out log.
We encourage everyone to educate themselves and maintain updated with information about COVID-19.
Information can be found by visiting the following websites:
Health and Safety Program
Buttcon’s comprehensive Health and Safety program assures all operations are performed to the strictest safety standards. Buttcon prides itself on an exceptional safety record, winning over 20 “Zero Frequency Awards” in the past decade. All field supervisors, site personnel and employees attend regular IHSA (Infrastructure Health & Safety Association) seminars to remain current with industry safety standards and the latest safety regulations. Buttcon also employs full-time Safety Managers, who are assigned on every project, to provide site safety inspections, reports, training and communication.
On every project Buttcon:
- Chairs regular meetings with workers;
- Provides posters, notices, and “tool box” safety talks to ensure maintenance of our “No Lost Time Accident” record;
- Establishes site regulations and maintenance of our construction storage areas, in accordance with the safety act;
- Trains all site construction personnel as well as the Owner’s personnel and Consultants; and
- Provides safety inspections and reports.
We understand the constructor issue when the public, as well as multiple contractors, are working on site and in close proximity to the existing areas of work. Buttcon implements measures to control safety and workplace boundaries on our projects including:
- Communicating these areas to all individuals involved in a project
- Providing hoarding and temporary partitions to define designated work areas; keeping them safe, secure and separate from other work areas on site.
As a requirement of every project, Buttcon asks that all sub-trade contracts, direct with the Owner, include adherence to Buttcon’s safety policies and programs.
A safe site promotes cost control, adherence to schedule and overall project quality.
Buttcon’s Health and Safety Policy
At Buttcon, safety is not just a policy it is part of our culture, enshrined from the top down. Buttcon realizes the value of a safe workplace — better employee attitude, better productivity, quality improvement, fewer deficiencies, cost effectiveness and better schedule maintenance.
Buttcon is continually meeting and educating management and employees on safety, both in the office and on site. Safety issues are reviewed; possible improvements are discussed and any interrelated safety issues, between sites, are dealt with in a timely manner.
Buttcon’s Safety Policy and Program is issued to each employee of the company. Compliance is a term of employment. The company’s objective is to involve each employee and subcontractor in the company’s safety program. To achieve this, regular safety meetings are held on each site with all employees. As per the subcontractors contract, they are required to hold their own meeting or attend Buttcon’s.
Buttcon’s incentive program involves a system where each Superintendent earns points towards our profit sharing plan, based on a good safety record. Each Superintendent takes great pride in ensuring their project site is as safe as possible.
Buttcon has an excellent performance record for its safety program. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has an incentive program “CAD” 7 which rebates WSIB premiums for good safety results (no accidents) or charges a surcharge for bad results. Buttcon has received large rebates every year since the program began.
Buttcon is a member of the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association COR Program. The Certificate of Recognition (COR) is a nationally recognized health and safety certification program that provides employers with the tools to access their health and safety management system. The COR system is used to implement positive workplace behaviours and practices in health and safety, and contribute to improved health and safety performance.
Buttcon is a COR Certified company. The COR system can be used to demonstrate, to current and potential clients, that Buttcon has a health and safety management system in place, which is continually being evaluated and audited. Once internal and external audits have taken place, Buttcon will be issued a Certificate of Recognition and a Letter of Good Standing.
Buttcon trains our staff on the CSA Standard Z317.13-07: Infection Control during Construction, Renovation and Maintenance of Health Care Facilities. Buttcon also conducts in-house safety training for office and site staff through local Safety Association or a legislated Training Provider. Such training programs include:
- Fall Protection
- Traffic Control
- Fire Extinguisher
- First Aid and CPR
- Power Elevated Work Platforms
- Basics of Supervising
- Construction Health and Safety Representative Specific Training
- Confined Space Awareness
- Scaffold Users Awareness
- Trenching Safety
- Hoisting and Rigging
- Electrical Safety
- Incident/ Accident Investigation
- Infectious Control
- Forklift Safety
- Chainsaw Safety
- Propane Safety
Buttcon’s goal is to continue achieving our exemplary record of zero lost time accidents on all job sites. This goal has been consistently achieved each year for the last fifteen years.
If you have any questions in regards to Buttcon’s health and safety program, please contact us.