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The Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project - Safety and Construction

Emergency Response Drills

The Mobilinx team conducts emergency response drills, to ensure everyone knows what to do if something unexpected occurs.

These drills allows us to better prepare staff for the potential threats of working in highly populated areas so they can protect themselves and the public.

Mobilinx also conducts regular hazard assessments and uses the feedback provided by supervisors to proactively evaluate potential threats on the job site and make safety improvements.

The emergency response drills are just one example of what we're doing to keep both staff and the community safe.

Site Safety Inspections are also conducted weekly by members of the field supervision and safety teams.

As a result, we have over one million hours of work without a lost time injury on the Hurontario LRT project.

Instructor leads working from heights drill.

 

 

Safety and Construction 

From design to construction, safety is always on top of mind. But that doesn’t happen without special planning in cooperation with EMS, police, and fire.

Our traffic, cyclist, and pedestrian protection plans are developed together with City of Mississauga, City of Brampton, Region of Peel, Metrolinx, Mobilinx and Peel Regional Police. Prior to developing these plans, hazard assessments are conducted to ensure compliance with regulations and industry best practices.

In addition, access to many businesses and homes are converting to right-in and right-out access – which refers to the way traffic will need to flow, so essentially no left turns from driveways.

When the Hurontario LRT is operational, commuter vehicles will be prohibited from making left turns at non-signalized intersections, including driveways. This is done to minimize the risk of a collision between vehicles and LRVs. Signage and traffic signals will be visible to direct drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists away from the tracks, for their safety and the safety of others.

A paid duty officer assists vehicles while new light standards are installed on Hurontario Street.

This graphic describes the steps to take in order to stay safe when walking, cycling or driving near a construction site.

All of this helps protect those working inside our work zones as well as those travelling around them. Maintaining safe access for emergency vehicles has been a priority consideration through planning and design.  To learn more, check out our blog story on First Responder Safety along Hurontario Street.

While most heavy construction activities occur during the spring and summer, work on the Hurontario LRT project occurs year-round. Despite all Mother Nature throws, construction doesn’t stop. Crews adapt to the weather conditions to ensure that work can continue safely in every season.

In the event of severe winter weather, equipment is parked away from the road to reduce the risk of unanticipated road accidents that may occur due to obstruction of sightlines. Hazzard Assessments are conducted to better understand the safest place to store equipment and heavy machinery during extreme weather conditions.

To ensure excavated areas are maintained and kept free of snow, crews use a snow fence to control areas from large drifts, as well as clear any build up by hand or machine. Workers must ensure that open and excavated areas are closed off with tarping, fencing and plywood, including signs to warn of potential hazards.

To reduce winter condition injuries on and near sites, snow clearing, sanding, and salting of high-traffic pedestrian areas are completed frequently. To add further protection, cleated building ramps are installed.  Grip-like tape or special paints that promote grip are also used to prevent slips and falls.

Large construction machine sitting in the snow.

The Graphic explains the importance of five-point Personal Protective Gear on a construction site.

Being safe onsite includes everything from the machinery crews operate to the personal protective equipment (PPE) they are required to wear.

During the cold-winter months it is imperative that PPE includes proper footwear to prevent any slips and falls that may occur in icy conditions and appropriate garments to keep everyone safe, warm, and dry. Crews wear hard hat liners and heavy-lined jackets, gloves, and lined pants to stay warm.

2021 Construction Milestones   

Completed

  • Enbridge gas relocations at The Queensway and John Street.
  • 51 temporary traffic signals installed and energized
  • Storm, watermain and sanitary relocations on one side of Hurontario Street between Matheson and Hwy.407.
  • Removals of 10 kms of median

Ongoing       

  • Alectra works in Mississauga North and Mississauga South areas.
  • Storm, watermain and sanitary installations throughout the corridor.
  • Road widening in Mississauga North

Upcoming

  • Power and other support infrastructure for tracks.
  • Rehab of the Hwy.401 bridge.
  • Road widening in other areas.

This graphic shows progress on the Hurontario LRT through measurements of materials used or removed during construction.