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Posted on: June 22, 2018

ATTENTION BUILDERS & HOMEOWNERS; Safety at Construction Sites


To all builders and homeowners

Recently on site visits to Dead Man’s Flats Subdivision I have noticed that some builders and owner builders are not fencing after excavating for basements as well as keeping residential construction sites safe during the entire construction period as required by the Alberta Building Code and the Safety Codes Act.

This was put into place at the beginning of the construction of buildings in Dead Man’s Flat Subdivision years ago and was included on the MD of Bighorn’s website information sheets for Dead Man’s Flats.

Safety of the residents  at Dead Man’s flats is of greater concern as more homeowner’s and families move in and the build out of the residential district comes to completion.

Please take this seriously as fines may be imposed under the MD of Bighorn’s revised Building Permit Bylaw as of March 13th, 2018, when safety measures are not adhered to.

Also please read the requirements below for specific safety requirements during construction:
1). A safe and accessible entry is required at the framing-HVAC rough-in, insulation, inspections.
2). All stairs are required to be in place for framing HVAC rough- in inspections. If exterior stairs are required and not in place, temporary 30 inch wide ramps with cleats can be used.
3). All areas of inspection in basements must be lighted by temporary electrical lighting or natural lighting.
4). All open stairwells at framing-HVAC Rough-in and insulation inspections must be protected with temporary handrails and guardrails.
5). All floor areas including basements must be swept clean with no material debris or tools etc on all floor areas whatsoever.
6). No workers are to be on site while inspections are taking place other than the site superintendent, or someone assigned by him to be present for the inspection.
7). It is not mandatory that the owner or site representative be present at the inspections. Site inspections are normally left at the electrical panel in the mechanical rooms when no one is available to receive them.

Please note that complete construction is required for all phases of construction that require an inspection. This is noted on the information sheet for Riversbend Subdivision that is posted on the website. If inspections are called for and all work required for that inspection is not completed a reinspection fee may be imposed.
Please do not call for an inspection until all work is completed other that exterior seasonal grading.

If you require clarification on the above, please do not hesitate to contact me, Thank you.

Best Regards,

Dave Surkan
For MD of Bighorn

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