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August 10, 2018

No one disciplined for photos on top of Edmonton’s Stantec Tower


None of the ironworkers who posed in photos last week from the top of the Stantec Tower were disciplined following an investigation, a union official said Thursday.

“The guys were all tied off … There really was no unsafe activity going on. That’s the normal process for putting steel up,” said Keith Stevenson, business manager for Ironworkers Local 720.

“My understanding is the owner (One Properties) has taken this and they want a positive spin for it. I don’t think there will be any negative repercussions.”

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About a dozen of the local’s 2,200 members installed trusses and put in bolts near the top of Edmonton’s 66-storey Stantec Tower, which will be Canada’s highest office building west of Toronto when it’s completed by the end of the year.

The skilled tradespeople were captured standing on girders in a series of heart-stopping photos posted on Facebook by the Building Trades of Alberta.

Some workers lost a day’s pay last week for on-site meetings while contractors investigated, but no one was suspended or fired for what happened, Stevenson said.

The concern wasn’t safety, but the release of images from the work site without company permission, which at places such as oilsands projects can lead to termination, he said.

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