HAND Association   

Welcome to the

Hamilton & District Heavy Construction

(HAND) Association



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).

Alternately and in attempt to not disrupt member service, plans can be made available upon request to the Association Office.

See Below Features:


- UPFRONT is our New Hand/Mohawk College Civil Co-op Program -

Here's our advertisement to Mohawk Students:


Below is our next news line - up. Scroll down for more information on each!



- Second Annual Student Scholarship Award Recipient Announcement


- 2015 - 4th Annual High School Contruction Day


- Ontario Construction Careers Alliance November/2015 Newsletter


- Customizable Health and Safety Occupational Manual




On behalf of the Hamilton & District Heavy Construction (Hand) Association Board of Directors it is with pleasure to announce the 2015 student scholarship awards recipients. They are:


Anatoliy is a third year Civil Engineering student at McMaster University.  During his studies he worked as a co-op student at Rankin Construction Inc. His plans are to successfully graduate from McMaster and commence work as a Civil Engineer. Anatoliy eventually intends to achieve status as a Professional Engineer to further his experience and contribute to our community. 



Erica is a third year Civil Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. During her studies she worked as a co-op student at Metric Contracting Services Corp. Erica intends to obtain her Professional Engineering Licence and ultimately become a Project Manager in Construction Engineering. 

 Both Anatoliy and Erica will be acknowledged at the Association's 

49th Directors Dinner being held Thursday April 7, 2016. 

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 and/or co-op students of a membered company. 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"


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 assists with our Hamilton High School Construction Day. Below please find the link to their November/2015 newsletter.

OCCA Quarterly Report 2015 Issue 2




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.