Every day in Canada an average of 3 workers will die from a workplace injury or an occupational disease.
Canada has designated April 28th the Day of Mourning. People from across all sectors of our communities – workers, families, unions and employers – will gather to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational disease. On April 28th, let us join together in a moment to honour the lives impacted and reflect on how we can ensure everyone arrives home healthy and safe.
Let’s use every day to renew our commitment to Boilermaker health, safety and wellbeing.
There will be Day of Mourning ceremonies right across the country. To find an event near you, click here.
It is a generally accepted belief that a sense of community is fostered when workers, employers, and contractors strive for a common goal, making every worker on site a partner in the success of any project.
Imperial Oil, Sarnia Refinery embodies the philosophy of excellence with zero recorded injuries in 2018. Their Joint Health and Safety Committee can easily be commended for a continued effort to promote teamwork as a predominant influencer to safety.
The Committee is comprised of 16 working groups inclusive of all on-site trades. The Boilermaker contractors on site include TAMS-AECOM, CIMS, TIW, and MATRIX.
Representing all trade workers at Imperial Oil in the Joint Health and Safety Committee is Local 128 Boilermaker, Ed Linton, who is the Union Steward for TAMS-AECOM. Ed credits his knowledge and experience to a comprehensive Apprenticeship Training Program. Ed recalls a time when promoting the use of respirators on a job site would result in a job loss and has been an advocate for safety throughout his extensive career. After years of diligently working to promote better conditions, Ed can proudly state that he has impacted the industry greatly.
Imperial Oil’s 3 million man-hours worked in 2018, by maintenance and construction trades, achieved an unprecedented zero recorded injuries. The number of Boilermakers on site ranges from 50 to 300 at given times throughout the year.
In the year 2000 Imperial Oil recorded 20 injuries, but by 2018 that number was reduced to 0. Zero injuries for 2018 is an incredible accomplishment, and Imperial Oil’s philosophy towards safety is the direct result of influence by the construction trades, and specifically the Boilermakers.
For their “Journey to Excellence, Flawless Operations”, Imperial Oil adopted the philosophy and implemented a “One Team, One Goal, Empowered Work Force.” These two empowering mottos became more than just slogans — the workers, the company and the contractors embodied the transformation to excellence.
By engaging all trades and maintenance crews through Joint Health and Safety participation, they went from a reactive workforce to one of compliance. Which ignited the atmosphere of teamwork, understanding that the road to excellence is one that is multi-faceted.
Encouraging the promotion of best practices and a “see something, say something” objective has engaged workers to be proactive in their own safety and the safety of their co-workers.
Thanks to the diligent and persistent work by Boilermakers in the industry, the Boilermakers are now regarded as leaders in safety and are recognized in that role by other trades and contractors. During a safety forum, the contributions of Ed Linton and the Joint Health and Safety Committee were recognized.
Boilermakers like Ed Linton provide leadership and mentorship that fosters pride in the union. As recognized leaders for safety, the Boilermakers are proving that highly trained individuals and a commitment to excellence can achieve a journey to zero injuries.
All members who currently work or plan to work in any of the 3 nuclear facilities in Ontario must be NQW Qualified (Nuclear Qualified Worker) before they are dispatched to work. Computer based training (CBT) at the nuclear facilities does not qualify.
EPSCA requires ALL Boilermakers to have the following qualifications and/or evaluations prior to hiring on in Pickering GS, Darlington GS and Bruce Power:
Working at Heights
Hoisting & Rigging
Install & Torque Fasteners
FME (Foreign Material Exclusion)
March 2019 Training Schedule
Mar 4: Confined Space 8:30am-12:00pm/FME NQW 1:00pm
Mar 5: NQW Install & Torque Fasteners 8:30am-4:00pm
Mar 6: NQW Hoisting & Rigging 8:30am-4:00pm (work boots required)
Mar 7: Working at Heights (Core 4 & NQW) 8:30am-4:00pm
Mar 11: Confined Space 8:30am-12:00pm/FME NQW 1:00pm
Mar 12: NQW Install & Torque Fasteners 8:30am-4:00pm
Mar 13: NQW Hoisting & Rigging 8:30am-4:00pm (work boots required)
Mar 14: Working at Heights (Core 4 & NQW) 8:30am-4:00pm
Mar 18: NQW – F.M.E. 8:30am
Mar 19: NQW Install & Torque Fasteners 8:30am-4:00pm
Mar 20: NQW Hoisting & Rigging 8:30am-4:00pm (work boots required)
Mar 21: Working at Heights (Core 4 & NQW) 8:30am-4:00pm
Mar 25: FME NQW, Confined Space 8:30am
Mar 26: NQW Install & Torque Fasteners 8:30am-4:00pm
Mar 27: NQW Hoisting & Rigging 8:30am-4:00pm (work boots required)
Mar 28: Working at Heights (Core 4 & NQW) 8:30am-4:00pm
To schedule your training, please contact:
Matt Mootrey: firstname.lastname@example.org or (905) 332-0128 ext 238
Eddie Wall: email@example.com or (905) 332-0128 ext 221
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local 128 needs qualified Boilermakers, Welders and Metal Fabricators to assist in meeting anticipated demands for our trade in Ontario, for both the ICI and EPSCA sectors. Work is anticipated to extend for the next five years and beyond.
Workers with Red Seal Qualifications are requested; however, those without Red Seal will be assisted with training to acquire the Red Seal Qualification. Additionally, the Boilermakers are accepting applications for Boilermaker Apprentices.
Interested parties must reside in Ontario to be considered for membership in Local 128.