Impaired on the job

RECREATIONAL CANNABIS: HARD TO MEASURE, IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE NOW THAT RECREATIONAL CANNABIS has been legal in Canada since October, employers and safety experts have been...

Why race builders to the BOTTOM?

Every wood shop wants its clients to be happy campers. Providing quality products delivered on-time and on-budget go along way toward creating an atmosphere...

Tall wood

Enthusiasm builds in Canada for multi-storey structural wood buildings Despite historical fire and structural safety concerns, the modest, tall wood buildings movement of the last...

Outsmart wood shop injury

MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS (MSDs), such as chronic back pain or shoulder problems, often take time to develop. Forceful exertion, awkward positions, hand-arm and whole-body vibration,...

BLITZES are coming

Machine guards safely in place? The Ministry of Labour in Ontario (MOL) has a list of “workplace inspection blitzes and initiatives” for the new year,...

Great communication

Great service strategy  During an age when there is an abundance of communications channels with customers, shops have to continually re-evaluate how they provide service. The intake...

Reader Survey 2018

Sheds some light — and fun — on your vocation Because I often claim my hits, I also have to admit my misses, and I...

Canada’s design palette

True north strong and Regional Like the homes dotting the harbour in Lunenburg, N.S., Canada’s design palette, is a vast, colourful and purposeful one. And...

Trade fairs: Kicking tires, making friends

Almost every wood shop has equipment that was purchased as a result of a visit to a wood industry trade show — or trade...

Constructive dismissal: Firing can go both ways

When a business is humming along, and workers are all pulling in the same direction, employers might never give a second thought to a...