At Cantiro Homes, we expect our employees, suppliers, contracting employer, subcontractors, and their employees to take safety seriously. We hold each Area Superintendent and Contracting Employer responsible for compliance to Cantiro Homes Health and Safety Policy, as well as Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code.
On Cantiro Homes building sites, working conditions and equipment are constantly changing. That’s why it is so important for everyone to make sure that safety procedures are followed, and hazard assessments are updated when necessary.
The rules and procedures outlined on this web page will help make our projects safer. You should also learn about any project-specific rules that may be in effect on your jobsite.
Please read this information and make sure you understand what is expected of you. If you have questions, talk to your employer, or supervisor, or a Cantiro Homes Representative. We encourage your input-on safety-related matters, and we look for a successful and safe workplace.
(1) Wear the required personal protective equipment.
(2) Follow the company’s safety rules as well as those specific to individual sites.
(3) Promptly report all incidents, and/or near misses to their immediate supervisor.
(4) Report any and all unsafe conditions and behaviors.
(5) Ensure their own safety as well as the safety of others.
(6) Obtain first aid care from the designated first aid provider in the event of injuries.
(7) Refuse to work under conditions considered as unsafe until a supervisor has been advised and necessary corrections have been made.
Cantiro Homes has general safety rules that everyone must follow. There are also general policies and procedures that are required at every building area. Policies and procedures that
regulate the safety on our sites will be enforced. Violating any of these policies will be grounds for disciplinary measures.
General Safety Rules include:
(1) All incidents, near misses, injuries, property damages, and unsafe conditions are to be reported to the worker’s supervisors and to the Cantiro Homes Site Superintendent.
(2) All damage to tools & equipment must be reported to the worker’s supervisor for corrective action to be taken.
(3) Work areas are to be kept clean from debris and tripping hazards.
(4) All workers are to be familiar with emergency procedures & locations of fire extinguishers, and first aid supplies.
(5) Ensure all ladders are safely secured prior to use. Always face a ladder when ascending or descending, using 3-point contact always.
(6) Must provide adequate lighting to allow safe and efficient working conditions.
(7) Protruding nails in lumber or stripped concrete may cause injury and shall be pulled out or bent over.
(8) Running is not permitted on the job site, except in the case of emergency.
(9) All electrical tools shall be grounded or double insulated.
(10) Do not store tools or materials in locations where there is danger of them falling to lower elevations.
(11) A competent person must inspect all scaffolding materials before using or ensure someone else has inspected it.
(12) Guard rails and handrails shall be placed at all open edges where falling hazards exist. Workers must immediately replace all guardrails after they have been taken down for specific purposes. Guardrails are not to be leaned against or damaged in any way.
(13) Fall protection equipment must be used by all workers at heights greater than 10 feet unless alternate safety barriers are in place.
(14) Possession or use of intoxicating beverages or unauthorized drugs while working on the site is strictly forbidden. No person shall enter the project site while his/her ability to work is
(15) Tag lines are required to be used when hoisting loads that are apt to swing.
(16) Power tools shall be operated only by authorized personnel, with safety guards always provided by the manufacturer in place.
(17) Fighting, horseplay, violence, harassment and practical jokes that can lead to injury will not be tolerated.
(18) All workmen using elevated work platforms, such as forklift-mounted man boxes shall be properly trained.
(19) Damaging, disabling or interfering with safety, firefighting or first aid equipment will not be tolerated.
(20) Follow all safety rules in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation Code, as well as any safety directions given by any Cantiro Homes Representative.
(21) No Pets Allowed on work sites
(22) No Smoking on any work sites of tobacco or recreational marijuana.
At the very least, everyone on a Cantiro Homes site must wear hard hats, safety footwear, long pants (at the knee shorts acceptable from April thru Oct..) and a T-shirt. You also must wear and/or use other protective clothing or equipment that your employer will provide. Some examples of this equipment include safety glasses, face shields, earplugs, gloves and dust
masks. The equipment you use should be appropriate to the work at hand.
We always require all workers to wear hard hats on active work sites. Exception: in the home during finishing stages & roofers when no overhead hazards are apparent. Hard hats are always
to be accessible.
** ALL WORKERS MUST HAVE CSTS TRAINING CERTIFICATES **
** TO WORK AT ANY OF OUR WORK SITES **
A clean site is a safe site. Everyone on a Cantiro Homes site is expected to keep the work areas clean.
You must help keep the site free of excessive materials. Don’t let them pile up in work areas.
Proper perimeter protection is critical to a safe work site. Guardrails and barricades must be set up to protect open floor openings, open edges, and scaffolding. Under no conditions shall perimeter protections or barriers be removed unless accessing the protected area is critical to the task at hand. When perimeter protection is removed, all floor openings must be covered and secured. Anyone who removes a protective barrier of any kind must replace that barrier before leaving the area.
A fall protection plan is required by the contractor(s) and is to be submitted to The Builder for any work that occurs above 3m in height. The contractor(s) may provide their own equipment as
part of their fall protection plan. The contractor(s) may also install and utilize the anchor strap(s) provided as part of their fall protection plan. If the contractor(s) installs or utilizes the anchor straps provided, it will be the responsibility of the contractor(s) to adhere to the installation and usage
guidelines as per the manufacturer’s instructions and must align with their fall protection plan. As per the guidelines, the contractor(s) is responsible for doing an inspection every time the anchor strap is being utilized. The contractor is responsible for ensuring workers using the anchor straps are competent and trained in the use of the fall protection equipment. The anchor strap provided will be either a Bunzl or Safety Direct Ltd product, (or equivalent).
It is your responsibility to be aware of Part 9, Sections 138 thru to 161(8) of the OH&S Act, Regulations and Codes.
138 Rescue personnel involved in training or in providing emergency rescue services may use equipment and practices other than those specified in this Part.
139(1) An employer and a supervisor, or a self-employed person, must ensure that a worker is protected from falling if a worker may fall,
(a) at a temporary or permanent work area, a vertical distance of 3 meters or more,
(b) at a temporary or permanent work area, a vertical distance of less than 3 meters if there is an unusual possibility of injury,
(c) at a temporary or permanent work area, into or onto a hazardous substance or object, or through an opening in a work surface, or
(d) at a permanent work area, a vertical distance of more than 1.2 meters and less than 3 meters.
139(2) For the purposes of this section, there is an unusual possibility of injury if the injury may be
worse than an injury from landing on a solid, flat surface.
139(3) Subject to subsection (5), an employer or a self-employed person must install a guardrail.
139(4) Repealed AR 56/2018 s12.
139(5) Subject to subsection (6), if the use of a guardrail is not reasonably practicable, an employer and a supervisor, or a self-employed person, must ensure that a worker uses a travel
restraint system that meets the requirements of this Part.
139(6) Subject to subsection (7), if the use of a travel restraint system is not reasonably practicable, an employer and a supervisor or a self-employed person, must ensure that a worker
uses a personal fall arrest system that meets the requirements of this Part.
139(7) If the use of a personal fall arrest system is not reasonably practicable, an employer and a
supervisor, or a self-employed person, must ensure that a worker uses an equally effective fall protection system.
139(8) A worker must use a fall protection system as required by this section.
140(1) An employer must develop procedures that comply with this Part in a fall protection plan
for a work site if a worker at the work site may fall 3 meters or more and the worker is not protected by guardrails.
140(2) A fall protection plan must specify
(a) the fall hazards at the work site,
(b) the fall protection system to be used at the work site,
(c) the anchors to be used during the work,
(d) that clearance distances below the work area, if applicable, have been confirmed as sufficient to prevent a worker from striking the ground or an object or level below the work area,
(e) the procedures used to assemble, maintain, inspect, use and disassemble the fall protection system, where applicable, and
(f) the rescue procedures to be used if a worker falls and is suspended by a personal fall arrest system or safety net and needs to be rescued.
140(3) The employer must ensure that the fall protection plan is available at the work site and is
reviewed with workers before work with a risk of falling begins.
140(4) The employer must ensure that the plan is updated when conditions affecting fall protection change.
141(1) An employer must ensure that a worker is trained in the safe use of the fall protection system before allowing the worker to work in an area where a fall protection system must be used.
141(2) The training referred to in subsection (1) must include the following:
(a) a review of current Alberta legislation pertaining to fall protection;
(b) an understanding of what a fall protection plan is;
(c) fall protection methods a worker is required to use at a work site;
(d) identification of fall hazards;
(e) assessment and selection of specific anchors that the worker may use;
(f) instructions for the correct use of connecting hardware;
(g) information about the effect of a fall on the human body, including
(i) maximum arresting force,
(ii) the purpose of shock and energy absorbers,
(iii) swing fall,
(iv) free fall;
(h) pre-use inspection;
(i) emergency response procedures to be used at the work site, if necessary; and
(j) practice in
(i) inspecting, fitting, adjusting and connecting fall protection systems and components,
(ii) emergency response procedures.
141(3) In addition to the training described in subsection (2), an employer must ensure that a worker is made aware of the fall hazards particular to that work site and the steps being taken to eliminate or control those hazards.
Electrical safety rules must be followed closely. Do not use damaged or frayed electrical cords. Take damaged tools, extension cords and equipment out of service.
Contracting Employers must make their workers aware of the chemical hazards they are exposed to and must have a Hazard Communication program in place. This program should include copies of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for the chemicals used on site. You must be allowed access to this information. You should also be trained in how to read an SDS sheet.
Contractor Employers and their employees are not allowed to bring any hazardous chemicals on the project site without an accompanying SDS. Whenever a new chemical is brought on site, you should be sure that your supervisor is aware of it so that appropriate information can be communicated to the people on site, and appropriate SDS documentation must be forwarded to Cantiro Homes for inclusion to their SDS Database.
Contractor Employers and their employees are responsible for the proper notification, care, use, storage and disposal of their chemicals or hazardous materials always.
In the event of an emergency, notify a Cantiro Homes Representative. Emergency contact information can be found at each construction site.
Your employer should have a First Aid kit available. Additionally, First Aid supplies are available at all Cantiro Homes show homes & in their fleet trucks. If emergency medical services are needed, call the emergency personnel at the phone numbers provided to you, or call your supervisor.
All incidents, injuries, & near misses, must be reported immediately to your supervisor and to a Cantiro Superintendent.
Cantiro Homes expects that your employer will investigate what happened to find out what can be done to prevent similar incidents. We expect you to help with that review. Please understand and remember that it is only by learning from these events that similar incidents and injuries can be prevented in the future.
Serious injuries and incidents:
(¹ reference to portions)
It is your responsibility to be aware of Section 40 of the OH&S ACT.
40 (1) When an injury or incident described in subsection (2) occurs at a work site, the prime contractor, or, if there is no prime contractor, the employer shall report the time, place and nature of the injury or incident to a Director of Inspection as soon as possible.
(2) The injuries and incidents to be reported under subsection (1) are
(a) an injury or incident that results in the death of a work,
(b) an injury or incident that results in a worker being admitted to a hospital, and for the purposes of this clause, “admitted to a hospital” means when a physician writes admitting orders to cause a worker to be an inpatient of a hospital, but excludes a worker being assessed in an emergency room or urgent care center without being admitted.
(c) an unplanned or uncontrolled explosion, fire or flood that causes a serious injury or that has the potential of causing a serious injury
(d) the collapse or upset of a crane, derrick or hoist.
(e) the collapse or failure of any component of a building or structure necessary for the structural integrity of the building or structure, or
(f) any injury or incident or a class of injuries or incidents specified in the regulations.
(3) N/A ((only applies to incidents occurring at a mine or mine site))
(4) N/A ((only applies to incidents occurring at a mine or mine site))
(5) If an injury or incident referred to in subsection (2) or (4) occurs at a work site or if any other injury or any other incident that has the potential of causing serious injury to a person occurs at a work site, the prime contractor or, if there is no prime contractor, the employer shall
(a) report the time, place and nature of the incident to a Director of Inspection
(b) carry out an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the injury or incident
(c) prepare a report outlining the circumstances of the injury or incident and the corrective actions, if any, undertaken to prevent a recurrence of the injury or incident
(d) ensure that a copy of the report is readily available and provided to an officer on demand, and
(e) provide a copy of the report to a Director of Inspection, the joint work site health and safety committee or health and safety representative, if applicable, or, if there is no committee or representative, make it available to workers once the investigation is complete.
(6) The investigation referred to in subsection (5)(b) must be conducted with the participation of the joint work site health and safety committee or health and safety representative, if there is one at the work site.
(7) The prime contractor or employer who prepared the report referred to in subsection (5)(c) shall retain the report for a least 2 years after the serious injury or incident at the work site.
(8) A report prepared under this section is not admissible as evidence for any purpose in a trial arising out of the injury or incident, an investigation or public inquiry under the Fatality Inquiries Act or any other action as defined in the Alberta Evidence Act, except in a prosecution for perjury or for the giving of contradictory evidence.
(9) Except as otherwise directed by a Director of Inspection, an occupational health and safety officer or a police officer, a person shall not disturb or conduct work at the scene of an injury or incident required to be report under subsection (1), including the immediate area where the incident occurred, or alter, move or remove equipment, documents or other information that may be related to the incident, except insofar as is necessary in
(a) attending to persons injured or killed,
(b) preventing further injuries or incidents, and
(c) protecting property that is endangered as a result of the injury of incident.
Serious violations of these safety requirements could cause you and/or your employer to be removed from the site.
** ZERO TOLERANCE ** **If observed not tied-off when working at heights, one may be asked or escorted off the job site**
Cantiro Homes requires these general safety rules and procedures be enforced as a minimum set of standards on all project sites. Your supervisor is directly responsible for enforcing safety in your work area.