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Calgary building safety response teams

Coordinated Safety Response Team

The Coordinated Safety Response Team (CSRT) is a larger group that provides a coordinated approach to identifying potentially unsafe conditions on construction sites or buildings in Calgary and conducts comprehensive joint reviews, inspections and investigations of these sites. Members of the CSRT include:

Safety Response Unit

The Safety Response Unit is a City of Calgary team within Calgary Building Services designed to act quickly, responding to incidents and helping to ensure public safety around construction sites and buildings. They also act proactively to build strategies that enable the construction and building industry to decrease risk through the identification of hazards.

  • Manage all emergency incidents
  • Respond to and manage citizen complaints
  • Participate in community outreach programs
  • Inspection of construction sites, unsafe and derelict buildings
  • Investigate all incidents that occur on sites where safety has been compromised
  • Proactively build strategies to reduce risks to the public
  • Identify potential hazards through inspections
  • Remediation/demolition of marijuana grow-op sites

Construction site safety resources

Safety Response Unit Timeline

August 2009 - Three-year old girl struck and killed by a piece of construction material
Her death prompted the immediate formation of the On-Site Safety Committee in September 2009
January 2010 - Construction industry workshop
Industry identifies and suggests best practices to mitigate construction hazards, bringing together 1,000 years of construction experience
June 2010 - Development of Advanced Weather Forecasting System​
System becomes operational in September 2011, utilized to provide construction sites with advance notice of windstorms
July 2010 - City publishes the On-Site Construction Safety Best Practices
Partnership with the Calgary Construction Association
October 2010 - Safety Response Unit created
Safety Response Unit begins responding to and investigating construction site incidents
February 2011 - The City is awarded the maximum fine of $15,000 against the owner and contractor involved in the death of the three-year-old
The City commences lobbying the province to increase the maximum fine levels - December 2012 the maximum fines increase to $100,000 for a first offence and $500,000 for subsequent offences
April 2011 - Public Protection Site Safety Plan developed
June 2013, the Public Protection Site Safety Plan becomes a requirement
2013 - Building Envelope Safety Supplement developed with the Building Owners and Managers Association
Guide for best practices for maintaining the exterior of buildings
September 2014 - Annual scholarship in three-year-old’s name introduced at SAIT
Commencing in 2014 - Development of the Building Maintenance Bylaw
An effort to ensure there is a minimum standard in maintaining the exterior of buildings five storeys and higher, 10 years and older. 

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