CWST enhances Suspended Access Training capacity as it responds to meet changing safety requirements


GTA Construction Report special feature

A provider of health and safety services for more than 30 years, Construction Workplace Safety Training Ltd. (CWST) continues to grow and evolve its range of services, and capacity, to meet the industry’s growing needs. Most recently, the company expanded its Suspended Access Training (swing stage) to meet the growing demand.

CWST owner Bruce Bolduc says the company has added a second unit with suspended access equipment so it is able to provide the training both on site in its indoor facility, or on-site to meet specific site conditions and requirements. “We conducted swing stage training at Niagara Falls’ Horseshoe Falls, working with the construction team, the parks department involved on the project, as well as the high angle rescue team. Because of the specific nature of the site requirements and the unique considerations, being on-site was key.”

Bolduc has also provided training at the hydro dam at Churchill Falls in Labrador and in Sudbury at a site 100 ft. below grade.

CWST employs trainers with specific construction industry capabilities and experience and has recently added more trainers who bring their specific expertise and add depth to the team’s firsthand knowledge and experience. “We try to marry the skills and capabilities of the trainer with the specific needs of the client to ensure they get exactly what they need.”

As with much of the new mandated training, the Suspended Access training requirement is prescriptive and requires both classroom and hands on experience. Bolduc says equipment operators are required to complete a one-day user training course, while those who move, set up, or in any way alter equipment require two-day installer training. A pre-requisite of both is Working at Heights training which the team at CWST also provides.

And, like the Working at Heights training, the Suspended Access training must be recertified every three years.

Bolduc says the next expansion for the company will be the addition of CVOR (Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration) training which is required for highway driving, including construction vehicles, transport trucks, pick up trucks and more.

CWST is a member of many related organizations and associations including the Canadian Home Builders Association, Simcoe County; the Ontario Home Builders Association; the Orillia & District Construction Association; SIAC – Scaffold Industry Association of Canada. It is also a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, where Bolduc holds the position of chair for the Barrie chapter.

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