SAFE Roads Radio Spots

 

What the heck were you thinking? 2012

The road isn’t only for driving – some people go to work on streets and highways every day. Listen as one of them asks drivers: What the heck were you thinking?

 

What the heck were you thinking? Radio Spot #1

The road isn’t only for driving – some people go to work on streets and highways every day. Listen as one of them asks drivers: What the heck were you thinking?

 

What the heck were you thinking? Radio Spot #2

The road isn’t only for driving – some people go to work on streets and highways every day. Listen as another one asks drivers: What the heck were you thinking?

SAFE Roads 2011 Press Event

Fixing up?

While many Manitobans began itching to start their spring renovations the moment the snow melted, completing residential construction projects safely requires homeowners to plan for more than just weather.

If you’re among the masses reassembling roofing, painting porches or doing any other sort of reconstruction that takes you above ground level, there are a series of things you should do in order to keep yourself and any workers you hire safe.

First, remember these general guidelines for working at heights:

  • Workers require fall protection when working at any height greater than three metres (10 feet) or less than three metres if working near a dangerous area.
  • Workers must be trained and follow SAFE Work procedures.
  • Cover surface openings securely and label covers.
  • If working in a harness, ensure equipment fits properly and is good condition.
  • Never stand or walk on top plates without fall protection.
  • Allow one worker per anchor.
  • Follow safe work procedures when putting up wood trusses.

For new construction: Full fall protection systems are required on all roof work – that includes guardrails, travel restraints, fall arrests and safety nets.

For existing residential roof work: Only guardrails or roof jacks and toeboards are required for a roof pitch between 4:12 and 6:12. Full fall protection systems are required for a roof pitch greater than 6:12.

For more information contact the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba at 204.775.3171 or Workplace Safety and Health at 204.945.3446.

Successful Program for Safety Certified Companies in the Construction Industry Made Permanent

Construction companies take note: the WCB Construction Health and Safety Incentive Program has been made permanent following a three year evaluation process. Started in 2007, the pilot program offered a five per cent reduction in WCB assessment rates for construction firms that earned COR (Certificate of Recognition) certification and met certain other criteria. Going forward, the program will be enhanced by doubling the first year discount to 10 per cent.