Fermar Asphalt has achieved IHSA Certificate Of Recognition “COR”

What is “COR”

The certification of Recognition of (COR) is nationally trademarked and endorsed by participating memberss of the Canadian Fedration of Construction Saftey Associations(CFCSA). It provides employees with an effective tool to assess their health and saftey management system

COR is aimed at driving positive workplace behaviour and practices that lead to imporved performance. It is currently being used accross Canada and is a pre-qualification requirement for many contractors working in and out of the province and on public and private sector projects.

The COR program began more than 20 years ago in Alberta and now every province and territory has it except Quebec and Prince Island. While the bulk of COR firms are in construction, the standard is used by major business sectors in Alberta and British Columbia.

The IHSA is the authority having Jurisdiction to grant COR in the province of Ontario. In achieving this national saftey program accreditation in Ontario, IHSA is responsible to ensure that the COR standards ar upheld. With one common audit instrument utilized across Canada, the national standard is clear: Minimum 65% in each element and an overall audit score of 80%.

Fermar Paving Limitedis extremely proud for successfully implementing a comprehensive health and saftey management system to a standard worthy of COR certification from the Infrastructure Health and Saftey Association(IHSA). This certification is in provincial jurisdiction with the National Standard and is recognized nationally by the provincial jurisdictions participating in the Canadian Fedration of Construction Saftey Association(CFCSA).

Remember, the most important benifit you get from COR is that it helps you protect your workers and make sure everyone goes home at the end of the each shift.
We are a company that cares.

Highway 26 alignment in Ontario looks out of deer

Controlling the movement of deer was a major design and planning issue in the soon-to-be completed construction of the new Highway 26 alignment between Collingwood and Wasaga Beach.

Toronto-based Fermar Contracting Ltd. is the general contractor overseeing the construction of this $35-million, eight-kilometer-long four-lane divided highway which seprates local and through traffic and significantly imporving traffic movement, says the Ministry of Transportation(MTO).

The consultant is URS Canada.

Besides the four lanes, the highway includes an overpass at Fairgrounds Road and the Batteaux River, a noise barrier wall near residential neighbourhoods, and three roundabouts to improve safety and traffic flow.

Two are on the new alignment and have already been built, while the third-known as the Mosley Street Roundabout-will be constructed on an old highway stretch in Wasaga Beach.

(That section has now been renamed Beachwood road. The new name is a comination of the two municipal names, Collingwood and Wasaga Beach.)

In addition to those more traditional structures, the contractor has erected an approximately 11,000-metre-long knotted woven wildlife fence on both sides of the highway and built two specially designed deer crossings which allow them to travel safely under the highway , says MTO environmental planner Susan Sieradzki.

The crossing are two 8.5-meter-wide, 3.25-meter-high culverts. To make deer feel safe and allow them to see to the other side and also to spot predators, the median of the highway was left open at the culverts to allow natural light into the passage.

“This (the open median) is more inviting for deer to move from one side of the highway to other”.

Inside the culverts is a three-metre section of grassed earth for the deer to walk on. Thereis also a section of riverstone mixed with sand and gravel to create a natural channel fo the intermittent watercourse which flows through this area, mainly in the spring and fall, Sieradzki says.

A deer survey undertaken as part of the environmental assesment indicated a significance of deer herds in the area and, judging by the foot prints in the ground, the crossings have been well used, she says.

Dring the summer and winter tourist seasons the traffic volume in the Collingwood/Wasaga Beach area is substantial, says project engineer Gus Anifowose.

Prior to the alignment, that traffic movement was complicated by the “multiple entrances, shops and resturants,” he says, in explaining why the project was necessary.

Construction started in 2010, although some rough grading and tree removal was conducted a few years ago, says construction engineer Rinaldo Rossi.

The route is fairly flat and the contractor encountered few obstacles, other than some large boulders. During the grading operations, however, wet weather caused some drainage problems which the contractor alleviated by “blading off” the water with a bulldozer.

Later in the grading operation, the weather turned and the contractor had to implement a number of dust suppression measure caused by very dry conditions.Other challenges including managing traffic where the new highway connects with local roads, say Rossi.

The highway was opened to traffic this past November and the only work left to complete is the third roundabout. Construction will resume in late winter and by the summer the project should be finished, weather permitting, he says.