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The CCQ: More present on civil engineering and roadwork sites this summer

July 8, 2016

In July and August 2016, the CCQ will intensify its presence on civil engineering and roadwork sites. The objective is to increase by 50% the number of sites in this sector visited regularly during this period.

A detailed analysis of the situation, based mainly on observations made by CCQ inspectors, shows that the non-compliance rate is higher during the summer months on civil engineering and roadwork sites than during the rest of the year. Act R-20 often allows work in this sector to continue while other sites are closed due to the construction holiday. It is a time of year when vigilance must be maintained. Therefore, the CCQ inspectors will be visiting sites even during the summer vacation, which takes place from July 24 to August 6 this year.

The CCQ’s vice-president of operations, Jean-Guy Gagnon, explains the details of this operation on civil engineering and roadwork sites: “This strategy is in a direct line with our new approach to compliance. We will be combining a number of means of intervention. Not only will we be more visible, which always has a positive effect on compliance and fair competition, but our teams will also pay particular attention to ‘chronic contraveners.’ The idea is to exert the pressure needed to encourage adoption of compliant behaviours.”

The CCQ has also planned awareness-raising activities for its partners and the main players in this sector to mobilize them to attain its objectives.

The civil engineering and roadwork sector represents almost 20% of the volume of work in covered construction in Québec. This includes a number of large-scale sites; in mid-June, civil engineering and roadwork sites represented only 7% of sites open but more than 36% of the total value of work in the industry.

“The CCQ must work to maintain the public’s trust with regard to construction employers and workers,” added Diane Lemieux, the CCQ’s CEO. “We hope to act vigorously to permanently change detrimental behaviours.”