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ORBA announces June webinar line-up for COVID-19 and The Road Building Industry series

ORBA announces June webinar line-up for COVID-19 and The Road Building Industry series

MISSISSAUGA, ONT.—The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is presenting three webinars in June as part of its weekly webinar series, COVID-19 & The Road Building Industry, which initially launched in May.

The complimentary series is aimed at providing expertise from health and safety, technology, human resources, legal and financial sectors to assist the industry as it makes its way through the rapidly changing business landscape in the midst of the pandemic, states an ORBA release.

The fifth webinar in the series, Occupational Health & Safety – The Next Level, will take place today (June 5) from 12 to 1 p.m. Highlights from this webinar will include: IHSA COVID-19 site consultation results and trends; COVID response – how are companies managing training; job hazard analysis – best practices for improving safety communication to your crew; internal traffic protection plans – safety “inside the barrels”; policy for safe return to work for an employee who has tested positive; and thermal screening.

The expert panel will feature Stewart Day, health and safety director with Mobilinx; Paul Devoe, manager of regional operations north and west with the IHSA; John Savoia, senior manager, health and safety at Powell Group of Companies; John Serafini, manager, health and safety with Dufferin Construction Company/Demix Construction, a division of CRH Canada Group Inc.; and Jason Warren, HSE director with Dragados Canada.

The sixth webinar, How to prepare for the Electronic Logging Device Mandate and Navigating Paperless Operations & Technologies, will take place on June 12 starting at noon, expanding on how COVID-19 has affected the jobsite and discuss available tools and technologies to help navigate new safety measures required for work.

Topics will include: how can companies prepare for the electronic logging device federal mandate and what are the available resources to help? How can jobsites minimize exposure to and help prevent the spread of COVID-19? What kind of tools support going paperless? What resources are available to make the transition to paperless operations? In the long run how will the construction industry change? And how to ensure safe handling of paper tickets.

The expert panel will feature Bob Ferrall, vice-president of sales and operations with Descartes and Noah Dology, CEO and founder of Tread Inc.

The final webinar of the series will be Getting Ontario’s Economy Moving – The Greater Construction Sector’s Approach, which will take place on June 26, starting at noon. The webinar will provide insight from a diverse representation of the construction sector into how the industry has worked through this time to keep Ontario moving and their outlook and approach as Ontario’s economy begins to reopen.

Experts on the panel will include Rocky Coco, president of Coco Group; Michael Rugeroni, vice-president of sales-road and minerals at Brandt Tractor Ltd.; David Smith, senior vice-president and head of Canadian surety at the Guarantee Company of North America; and Peter Sziraky, Americas asphalt technical adviser with Imperial Oil.

“We are here to provide our members and industry stakeholders with the resources and expertise they need to continue to steer through the unprecedented challenges they are facing, and will continue to face, post COVID-19,” said ORBA CEO Bryan Hocking in the statement. “Health and safety are our top priority as an association and industry. Therefore, we are starting off the month of June with a second webinar focusing on occupational health and safety.”

For more information on ORBA’s COVID-19 & The Road Building Industry Webinar Series visit

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