Saskatchewan construction company fined $14,000 for violating OHS regulations
Josh Senger Construction Inc. pleaded guilty on Oct. 14 in Carlyle Provincial Court to a violation of one count of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHS), 1996. On Dec. 11, 2020, the court imposed a fine of $10,000 and a $4,000 surcharge for a total fine of $14,000. The violation stemmed from an incident that occurred on Sept. 20, 2018 near Wawota, Sask. when a load of material fell from the forks of a skid steer and injured a worker.
City of Winnipeg awards renovation grants to 15 community centres
Fifteen city-owned community centres will receive funding for renovations through the City of Winnipeg’s Community Centre Renovation Grant Program (CCRGP). The CCRGP received 17 applications requesting a total of $1.3 million during the 2020 fall intake period and 15 applications totalling just over $1.1 million were approved. Information regarding the CCRGP can be found at City of Winnipeg – Community Centres.
Great Panther Mining restarts Topia operation
Vancouver-based Great Panther Mining has restarted operations at the Topia mine in Mexico. Operations were suspended last month to prioritize the health of its workforce and local community and limit the spread of COVID-19. Employees and contractors have attended safety induction and enhanced COVID-19 protocol training and mining resumed on Dec. 17 with the plant expected to begin processing ore today (Dec. 21), a company release stated.
Flooring wood panel market will see strong post-pandemic recovery: report
Research Group Freedonia forecasts a strong recovery for the U.S. flooring wood panel market in a new report. Demand for wood panels used in flooring applications is forecast to increase 1.1 per cent annually through 2024 to 9.3 million square feet despite a significant drop in 2020 due to new homebuilding activity and commercial construction spending declines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.