CanWest Responding to COVID-19

CanWest Concrete Cutting and Coring Inc. is committed to keeping their customers, employees and business safe in the midst of a global pandemic. The situation of COVID-19 means that the regulations and protocols at CanWest are changing rapidly alongside the Alberta Government’s Legislation.

“While our office staff is now working safely from home, we still have Field Technicians doing construction work off- site.”  Debra Killam CanWest Safety Officer reports. “We have implemented extensive measures to eliminate all physical contact with customers. That means, all transactions that would have usually occurred with an exchange of either a tablet or paperwork now occurs via email prior to the work even beginning.”

“Our workers are not to travel in the same vehicle to jobsites,” Killam adds “and if they do require an additional staff member with them on a job, they are to be 2 meters from each other on-site. If the job requires proximity, they are required to wear a specialized mask, and everyone is asked to be clean shaven to accommodate the masks efficiency. In addition to that, our employees are to complete a COVID-19 Disclosure Form with their Hazard Assessment daily. This Disclosure Form essentially identifies any risk of exposure of the staff member.”

“In the early stages of this pandemic, we outfitted all our employees with sanitization kits and provided education on the proper techniques to protect themselves and others. This included social distancing and other risk mitigations put in place. I am closely monitoring the situation, along with our Management team. We are following the Government rules and regulations closely and we are updating our employees daily.” Killam comments that all employees are following the protocols that have been put in place.

“Our staff understands that this is an important matter of public health, and they’re participating fully in flattening the curve”

CanWest is classified as an essential business, being in the Construction sector and is still providing concrete, demo, residential  and construction services as regulations allow. They have  provide updates on changes inside the organization on their website.

Valerie Hambrook, Owner of CanWest adds “Some of our customers are using this as a time to get work done that they were delaying because they have now been mandated to close their business to the public. We are getting in and doing the work safely without a disruption to their regular services during this unprecedented time.” Hambrook acknowledges the industry has slowed down tremendously but remains hopeful.

“We are experiencing a sense of community; albeit virtually, in not only our business and industry but the country, as a whole. Change may have been forced on us all but how we respond to it and come together is what is going to keep us strong and healthy.”

If you would like to know more about the additions and changes to CanWest’s already robust safety program due to COVID-19 please contact CanWest Safety Officer, Debra Killam directly at (403) 225-4445 ext. 233


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