HAND Association   

Welcome to the

Hamilton & District Heavy Construction

(HAND) Association



1. Due to building renovations the HAND Plans Room is now located at the Hand Office (Unit 104).

Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (hours may vary).

In attempt to not disrupt member service, alternatively plans can be made available upon request to the Association Office.

2. 2015 - 4th Annual High School Contruction Day Announcement

3. Ontario Construction Careers Alliance July/2015 Newsletter

4. First Annual Student Scholarship Award Recipients

5. Second Annual Scholarship Award Application Announcement

6. Customizable Health and Safety Occupational Manual


Our Association in collaboration with the
Ontario Civil Construction Alliance (O.C.C.A.)
and through the assistance of Hamilton's Catholic and Public School Board's Ontario Youth Apprenticeship program departments hosted the 4th Annual "High School Construction Day".
With the growing concern of skilled labour shortage
and in attempt to enlighten students that our industry requires an infusion of young new talent, two busloads of senior Construction Technology students were invited to explore a career opportunity in Heavy Construction.

Geared up in Personal Protective Equipment the students toured:

1. Coco Paving Inc. - Rymal Road Phase 1 Project
    Watermain Replacement, Storm & Sanitary Sewer,
    Sidewalk & Road Reconstruction

2. Dufferin Construction Company - Concession Street Project
    Watermain Replacement, Storm & Sanitary Sewer,
    Sidewalk & Road Reconstruction

3. Lafarge Canada Dundas Quarry

4. Operated Heavy Equipment Simulators

The students were provided with donated gifts and information packages which included a detailed overview of career possibilities in the Heavy Construction Industry.
They were also served a "Pita Pit" lunch compliments of
Labourer's Union of North America Local 837 and
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793.
An effort to be proud of!!

Click on Power Point Show Below!




The Hand Association is a proud member of the Ontario Construction Careers Alliance who's mandate is to provide youth with support and resourses to help advance their careers in Civil Construction.

The OCCA recently assisted in our Hamilton High School Construction Day and has highligted this event in the first addition of their quarterly newsletter. Please find the link below

OCCA Newsletter July-2015



   On behalf of the Hamilton & District Heavy Construction (Hand) Association Board of Directors it is with pleasure to announce the 2014 student scholarship awards recipients. They are:

Roger Jr. is completing his third year of study in the Civil Engineering Technology program at St. Lawrence College and hopes to further his education at Queens University to earn his Professional Engineering degree. Roger is a third year student working in the Sewer Watermain and Road Building Industry.

Adam has entered his first year of study in the Electrical Engineering 
Technician - Power program at Mohawk College and intends on furthering his education to become an Electrical Engineer. Adam works part time in the Electrical Industry.

 Both Roger and Adam will be acknowledged at the Association's 
48th Directors Dinner being held April 8, 2015.

Through the governance of the Board of Directors an internal committee was formed to determine two deserving award recipients offered to children of a salaried employees who are members of the Association. This year preference was given, but not limited to students enrolled in a construction related program. Applicants were required to submit proof of post secondary enrollment, prior year school transcripts, community service efforts, a resume and also an essay on why they felt deserving of this award. All applicants names were kept anonymous during the judging process.

 "Continued effort to support and promote our industry"




The Hamilton & District Heavy Construction (Hand) Association is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Student Scholarship Awards available to children of all salaried employees and/or student employees of the Association members in good standing.
Through the governance of the Board of Directors an internal Committee of Board Members has been formed to determine the yearly deserving recipients. 
The Association will provide a maximum of 2 awards in the amount of $2,500.00 per award. Preference will be given, but not limited to, students enrolled in a construction related program. Student's names will remain anonymous during the judging process.
Payment of the scholarship will take place in by October/2015. Recipients will be expected to attend the award ceremony to take place at the Association's Annual Directors Dinner & Awards Ceremony to take place in April/2016.
Application deadline - September 14, 2015.
Please find below links to the required documents to be completed. 

2015 Scholarship Announcement & Criteria 
2015 Scholarship Application Form 
2015 Scholarship Community Service/Achievements 
2015 Release of Personal Information 
2015 Scholarship Essay 

        For more information please contact the Association Office. 


Customizable Occupational Health and Safety Policy Manual

The OSWCA, through the Young Executives Committee (YEC), has compiled a Health and Safety Program and Reference Manual for Members of the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA), 2014. To view see link below.

OSWCA Health and Safety Program Manual July-2014

The manual is available for all OSWCA members. It will also be posted on our website or available by contacting our office at info@oswca.org.

This manual is intended to act as a seed document to assist members in developing or updating their own occupational health and safety (OH&S) policies and procedures. The document is designed to allow each individual company to customize the included policies and procedures to fit their own individual circumstance, with the necessary areas for modification highlighted in yellow for ease of reference.

It is important to note that once completed, this policy manual will not, on its own, make your company compliant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA), or any other construction/safety legislations or regulations. It is necessary to implement the policies and procedures, and train all employees on the relevant items to be compliant.

In order to implement a practical health and safety culture and become compliant with the OHSA, WSIA, and other construction/safety legislations and regulations, your program must encompass a fully documented cyclical pattern of:
·       Program development;
·       OH&S training and documentation of training;
·       Program implementation;
·       Review and evaluation of company policies and procedures; and,
·       Revision

In other words, you must train staff and be able to demonstrate through documentation how your company is applying the various policies and procedures.

If you have any questions about the attached Health and Safety Program and Reference Manual for Members of the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA), 2014, please contact Patrick (Patrick.mcmanus@oswca.org of 905-629-8819).

 OSWCA Health and Safety Program Manual July-2014       

For more information please contact the Association Office.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hours may vary.