At Brook Restora­tion, you can’t fake it to make it

Con­trac­tor sets in­dus­try stan­dard for safety and train­ing

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Brook Restora­tion re­cently passed the 730-day mark, ac­ci­dent free.

That’s quite a feat, con­sid­er­ing how many pairs of boots the restora­tion con­trac­tor has on the ground, and in the air, on any give day at job sites across On­tario.

The award-win­ning Brook team in­cludes more than 300 skilled crafts­men, ded­i­cated labour­ers and strate­gic man­agers avail­able to pro­vide ser­vice any­where in On­tario from its of­fices in Toronto and Ot­tawa.

And not a sin­gle one of them is al­lowed on a job site any­where un­less they have passed a min­i­mum of six cour­ses through Brook’s own in­dus­try-cer­ti­fied train­ing school.

“These are not online cour­ses, or the­o­ret­i­cal ex­er­cises out of a book,” said Gary Rood­man, Brook’s Ot­tawa Gen­eral Man­ager. “It’s a prac­ti­cal, hands-on cur­ricu­lum in which each par­tic­i­pant must demon­strate their com­pe­tency to meet the grade.”

High ex­pec­ta­tions

“Hands-on” is the word. Brook has in Toronto a ded­i­cated train­ing fa­cil­ity with a class­room that can take 30+ stu­dents at a time, and a ware­house in which par­tic­i­pants train on the ac­tual equip­ment they will use in the field. They are drilled on proper setup, op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance. There is even a fully func­tional swing stage, on which par­tic­i­pants are thrown into sim­u­lated sce­nar­ios they might face on a job site.

“Any­one who walks in the door must prove them­selves in our train­ing fa­cil­ity,” Rood­man said. “Their re­sume alone won’t cut it. You can’t fake it at Brook.”

Brook trains on more than just safety re­lated to job site ac­tiv­i­ties and equip­ment use. It of­fers first-aid and aware­ness train­ing on such di­verse top­ics as lead and as­bestos, in­ter­pret­ing Min­istry of Labour reg­u­la­tions, spill con­trol, fire safety and preven­tion, vi­o­lence in the work­place and skin can­cer risk when work­ing out­doors.

This ap­proach is rare in an in­dus­try where in­vest­ing in safety and train­ing be­yond the min­i­mum re­quired by law of­ten comes sec­ond, if all at, to keep­ing work­ers busy on a job site.

But Brook is a big busi­ness with big obli­ga­tions to its work­force and to its clients. It just makes good busi­ness sense to make the right in­vest­ments in its peo­ple and equip­ment to re­duce li­a­bil­ity. It will gladly pay to have part of its work­force in a class­room for a few days at a time, earn­ing full hourly rates, than take the risk.

‘Close enough’ doesn’t cut it

This sharp fo­cus ex­tends to the job site, where Brook re­tains an in­de­pen­dent safety con­sul­tant to en­sure con­form­ity with in­dus­try safety re­quire­ments, as well as its own strin­gent guide­lines, with daily in­spec­tions. The con­sul­tant is given the same au­thor­ity as an in­spec­tor from the On­tario Min­istry of Labour and can im­me­di­ately shut down all ac­tiv­ity on the job site should they have a rea­son for con­cern.

Brook also uses tablets on the job­site to pro­vide up-to-the-minute up­dates on site con­di­tions, and all fore­men are re­quired to sub­mit mul­ti­ple daily doc­u­ments over and above the stan­dards re­quired by law.

“There is no grey area for us,” Rood­man said. “No ‘close enough.’ Safety first – that’s the bot­tom line.”

Find out more

To dis­cuss your pro­ject needs, visit www. brookrestora­tion.ca or call Gary Rood­man at 613-796-9913

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