Managing Risk in Construction

Now more than ever, success in the construction business requires that contractors be adept at managing the many risks that are inherent in the industry – from contractual and financial risks to occupational health and safety risks to labour relations risks. Before you, as a contractor, can effectively manage the risks, however, you must first know and understand the risks and learn to spot the warning signs before a simple spark becomes a four-alarm blaze.

The Managing Risk in Construction course focuses on providing contractors with a framework for identifying, addressing and managing the many risks facing businesses in the construction industry, while offering lots of useful tips along the way.

Using real-life case studies as examples and guest speakers with a specific background in the subject matter of each class, this course will explore a broad range of risks that contractors need to be able to navigate in order to minimize exposure to costly litigation while maximizing the prospects for business success.

This three-day course will provide an introduction to the principles of risk management before exploring best risk management practices as they relate to:

Union Organizing

  • Steps you can take to improve your odds of remaining union-free
  • What to do when a Certification Application comes through the fax machine

Collective Bargaining and Contract Negotiation

  • Bargaining a collective agreement you can live with
  • Designing employment and commercial contracts to minimize risk

Health and Safety

  • Workplace accidents – how to avoid them or, when unavoidable, how to limit your company's exposure to OHSA or even Criminal Code charges
  • Ways to successfully defend against an OHSA prosecution
  • Violence and harassment in the workplace – managing your obligations as an employer

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Matters

  • How to manage WSIB files to avoid penalties and minimize cost
  • Using Work Reintegration programs to your advantage
  • Bill 119 - Making sure your subcontractors are not your (WSIB) problem

Commercial and Employment Litigation

  • How to defend against (or pursue) a claim for breach of contract
  • Preventative measures to minimize your exposure to wrongful dismissal claims

Human Rights and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) Act

  • How far you need to go to accommodate an employee
  • Knowing what is (and is not) "harassment"
  • Ensuring your workplace is AODA compliant

Conducting Workplace Investigations

  • When to investigate and how to structure your investigation
  • How to conduct a proper witness interview
  • When surveillance is both appropriate and legally permissible

This course is Gold Seal certified(5 credits). Attendees with 90% attendance will receive a certificate from The Construction Institute of Canada(TCIC). All course material is supplied.

Note: Additional registrations to this course receive a $25 discount each.

Wed. Mar. 9, 2016
Fri. Mar 11, 2016
Wed. – Fri. 8:30am – 4pm
TCA, 70 Leek Cres. Richmond Hill, Ont
Carolyn Savoury,
Sherrard Kuzz LLP

Matthew Badrov, Andrew Ebejer,
Gerald Griffiths, Stephen Shore,
Leah Simon, Carissa Tanzola,
Jessica Wuergler, Facilitator: Patrick Ganley
(all) Sherrard Kuzz LLP
TCA member:
$525 + HST
$625 + HST