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The PCL family of companies is pleased to announce that once again it has been named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This marks the seventh time in eight years that PCL has made the prestigious list. This award is based on what PCL offers its employees in regard to eight criteria, including work environment, culture and benefits. This is scored against other companies in comparable industries.

“To be consistently recognized as a top employer in Canada is an honour, and confirms for us that our programs and culture are among the best in Canada,” said Mike Olsson, vice president of human resources and professional development at PCL. “Being named to this elite group of 100 truly emphasizes what we are proud of at PCL – it is a great place to work.”

Canada’s Top 100 Employers is an annual competition that recognizes Canada’s best places to work. Of the 13,000 employers invited to apply to the competition, only 100 are chosen; they are highlighted as offering outstanding workplaces where employees have exceptional opportunities to advance.

The submissions for Canada’s Top 100 Employers are reviewed by an academic advisory board consisting of distinguished members who have either written or edited a major human resources textbook in Canada.

About PCL Construction

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centres. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of $8 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America. 

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A Liebherr piling rig was recently used for foundation works for the construction of future apartment buildings in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. Three hundred piles had to be installed by the LRH 100, which belongs to the Danish construction company M.J. Eriksson A/S.

In a major infrastructure project called “Frederiks Brygge,” a waterfront area in the Southern docklands of Copenhagen is currently being redeveloped. In an area of approximately 120,000 square metres, 1,200 apartments are under construction, together with retail and commercial space.

The Liebherr LRH 100 piling rig was used for the installation of about 300 concrete piles with a diameter of 300 mm and total lengths between eight and 13m. Thanks to its performance, strength and flexibility, the LRH 100 was able to complete this job within just 15 working days – a considerable time ahead of schedule.

A major challenge on the job site was the sometimes-narrow workspace, offering little leeway for the piling rig to move in any direction. Here, the innovative parallel kinematics of the machine’s leader system with its great operational range proved to be an immense benefit for the customer. It allows radii of up to 8.75m and inclinations of maximum 18 degrees in all directions. Thanks to this feature, the operator was able to change the position of the leader in all directions without moving the undercarriage.
“We are overall happy with the performance of the LRH 100. Its ability to install the piles in different angles and in any direction as well as its long outreach massively contributed to the fast completion of the piling works at the jobsite,” said Kave Yazdani, engineer at M.J. Eriksson A/S.

The LRH 100 is based on the proven LB 20 carrier machine of the Liebherr LB series of rotary drilling rigs. It is equipped with a powerful and emission-optimized 270 kW/362 hp Liebherr diesel engine and can be transported in one piece with the hammer mounted. The compact design of the carrier machine with three-metre transport width allows for quick and cost-effective transportation. The LRH 100 also offers a wide range of powerful equipment. This assures that the excellent performance of the basic machine is ideally converted into high productivity.

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The construction industry is recognizing the contributions of 1.3 million Canadians who build, repair and maintain a whopping $2.1 trillion worth of infrastructure each year.

“We’re very proud of our one million strong construction workforce,” said Rosemary Sparks, executive director of BuildForce Canada.

Canada’s construction industry is undergoing the most dramatic demographic shift in its history. Over the next decade, up to 250,000 workers, who make up one-quarter of Canada’s construction workforce, are retiring. They’re making way for a new wave of younger workers who will fill new positions as baby boomers retire over the next 10 years.

“Right now the average age of a construction worker is 41,” said Sparks. “A decade from now, the workforce will look much different, as the industry promotes construction careers in more than 50 trades and occupations to a younger generation.”

BuildForce has been reaching out to the next generation of construction workers where they live – online. Using YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms, BuildForce has reached more than 3 million Canadians aged 15 to 25 who visited its redesigned Careers in Construction website at www.careersinconstruction.ca.

BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada’s construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as programs and initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and the capability of Canada’s construction and maintenance workforce.

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