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Mosquito season is upon us, thanks to the usually mild and damp May conditions. Here are a few tips to help you:

1.Watch the clock 

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk in Alberta, so avoid being outdoors at these times, if you can. If you are planning to be outside during those hours of the day, it is recommended to use a bug repellent spray with DEET, or diethyltoluamide.

2. Cover up

Mosquitoes are most likely to spot you if you're wearing dark colours, so dress in pale, light shades and wear long pants and long sleeves. Tuck your pant legs into your socks.

3. Attract birds

Some will be lucky enough to have natural pest control set up in their back yards. Tree swallows and barn swallows will eat up to 600 mosquitoes in a day. You may want to consider encouraging nesting if you're planning to host more than a few summer barbecues. 

4. Sunscreen first

While you can buy multi-purpose sunscreen and insect repellent wrapped into one, it is not recommended. There's sort of an interference, so both will work but not as well. Instead,  apply your sunscreen first, let it dry, and then apply your mosquito repellent.

5. Natural immunity

If you're one of the unlucky few who seems to be getting bitten all the time, take heart. You could benefit from it in the end, The itching and redness that accompanies a mosquito bite is typically the result of an allergic reaction to the saliva of that particular breed of mosquito. The more you're bitten by that species ... you sort of build up an immunity to it. 

 

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THOMAS has been in business since 2004, with offices in Calgary and St Albert in Alberta. Furthermore, the company has maintenance crews located in Crossfield and Rocky Mountain House Alberta as well as in southwestern Saskatchewan. There is also THOMAS crew’s presence in British Columbia, working in the Dawson Creek Area. 

With over 400 field employees in the year’s first quarter, THOMAS is heading in the right direction, with more work to come in all areas in Western Alberta. 

We invite you to explore the difference THOMAS can make for you. 

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Warmer spring weather signals the start of the motorcycle season where motorcyclists are eager to get back on the roads and trails. 

The Motorcyclist Confederation of Canada and their long-term goal is to make Canada the safest place to ride a motorcycle. 

 

Safety tips for on-road riders 

Ride sober: Impaired driving kills. Period. As with so many other forms of driving, drugs and alcohol severely impair judgement and reaction time leading to serious injury and death. 

Watch your speed: Speed kills. Yes, motorcycles are fast but that does not give you permission to disregard speed limits or to overlook their responsibility to ride according to traffic, weather conditions or your ability. 

 

Safety tips for motorists

Be alert: Motorcycles are smaller and harder to see than other vehicles you share the road with.

Check your blind spots: It’s hard enough to see cars and other vehicles when looking in your mirrors, always shoulder check before making a turn or changing lanes. 

 

The Motorcycle Confederation of Canada is the national not-for-profit advocacy organization for the promotion of motorcycling interest. Visit web page here 

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Bear season in Canada and the United States has begun, with sightings in Alberta, British Columbia and Alaska. Sadly this past week a forestry working in B.C. 's central coast was mauled. A reminder that bears are waking up and companies working in bear country need to be trained and provided with the proper safety equipment. Luckily for this worker, another man on site was carrying bear spray and was able to stop the bear attack, saving the victim's life. 

Sources: bearsafety.com and CBC

More about this story can be found by clicking HERE

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Outbreaks of mumps in Manitoba and the United States in the past several months are a reminder that vaccine-preventable infections, including mumps, are still a risk to health, including here in Alberta. To reduce the risk to your child, and our communities, we need to ensure as many Albertans as possible are up to date with their mumps immunization. This includes yourself, and your children.

For more information please click here: ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES

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Posted by on in Latest News

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For your interest in working for THOMAS.

The company welcomes all new and returning employees to apply for work.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW (before you apply)

• You MUST have an email account

• Email Resume AND Valid Safety Tickets to hiring@thomasinsulation.ca

• If you have already done so, and received no call, please wait patiently. 

• Unfortunately, we do not have a first come first serve system. 

• There are many factors being considered, some include location, tickets, number of position available, current worker transfers/placement priority, and many others

• Please do not call to check on status of application.

• Positions are limited and sometimes specific to certain experience

• Only those with CSTS-09 (not PST) H2S Alive, OSSA Fall Protection will be considered for potential work.

• Work available only in Edmonton and area. (at the moment)

• If you get a call, you will be offered one position in a specific location, if you do not accept this for whatever reason, you will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist. 

• If you do not live in Alberta, please mention if you only looking for camp work or you may have a place to stay

• Once there has been contact from THOMAS, all hiring correspondence is done VIA EMAIL. Please be on the look out for emails coming in. 

• We suggest you check spam folder so you don’t miss important information from us

• If you are a no show at your D&A test, you will be removed from the wait list. 

• If you fail to show up for the first day of work, you will be removed from our list completely

 

There are many people looking for work, and those who are willing, committed, follow instructions and pay attention to our email correspondence will be successful in attaining a position with THOMAS. 

Thank you for your patience 

 

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And it will just get busier….

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THOMAS started this year on a high, many jobs starting and others ongoing from 2016. This spring, the manpower will raise even more, with many projects scheduled to     start with various size of crews. 

THOMAS welcomes applications from all over Canada, however we need to remind you that if you do not reside in in Alberta or BC, you would be responsible for your own travel to these provinces for work, if hired. 

When you apply at THOMAS, whether you’re a new or returning employees, you MUST send current safety ticket and an updated resume to hiring@thomasinsulation.ca (NO PHONE CALLS). 

Tickets you should always have valid are CSTS-09 - OSSA Fall Protection - H2S Alive. You should also look into getting WHMIS 2015 and BSO (Basic Safety Training) as many sites are requiring these as well.

Please know, only those with valid tickets will be placed in our wait list. Due to the high volume of applications, we ask that you don’t call to check on the status of yours. 

HR Department may contact you if a position matching your experience and current safety tickets becomes available. This could take some time.  

Please understand, it doesn’t matter if your relative, friend, roommate just got hired, or you live closer to one site than the other. HR has a process to follow, and if you get contacted for a position, we recommend you jump at the opportunity, or we will move to the next available and willing worker.

If you are self motivated, responsible, enthusiastic, dedicated and qualified insulator seeking employment, then THOMAS is right for you! 

We thank you for your interest in working for THOMAS Insulation. 

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Posted by on in Latest News

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Let’s hope so.

After struggling throughout 2015 & 2016 it seems that 2017 will finally shed some new light on the construction industry. 

Oil prices are holding steady which in turn should spur on some new activities in the industry. 

Petrochemical projects are being contemplated and hopefully our federal government will come to their senses and approve a pipeline.

 

At the THOMAS Group of Companies, 2017 looks terrific. With the commitment and hard work from our estimating department, THOMAS Insulation has 

secured major contracts with Suncor, Encana, Pembina, NWR and Cenovus. These projects, along with numerous other jobs should position us well for 2017.   

 

During the difficult last 2 years, our company has shown the ability to adapt to the conditions of the market. 

Going forward I have no doubt about our company’s ability to secure and maintain work for our entire workforce.  

 

I would like to thank each and every one of you for the dedication you have shown to the THOMAS Group of Companies during these difficult times. 

We have turned a corner and brighter days are ahead.

 

Stay Safe.

Erhardt Tutto 

President of THOMAS Group of Companies

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April 15, 2016

 

I am pleased to announce that THOMAS Insulation Inc. has started an Electrical & Instrumentation division with the hiring of Mr. Stephen Quinn. 

Stephen brings many years of experience in the electrical & instrumentation trade and his knowledge will be a real benefit to our company. 

This company will operate under the name of “THOMAS Electrical & Instrumentation” and will be a division of THOMAS Insulation Inc.

 

It is our belief that by diversifying into other disciplines such as electrical & instrumentation, we will be better suited to handle the downturn 

in the economy that all companies are now experiencing. It is our intention to train our current workers, (whomever are interested), 

new disciplines such as installing electric heat tracing. As we have seen with our insulators that now install steam & glycol tubing, 

this multi-tasking has been a benefit to both the worker & the company.   

 

Although this announcement pertains to the startup of our electrical & instrumentation division, please stay tuned for further announcements 

on other discipline additions to our company.

 

It is my commitment to all of you that THOMAS Insulation Inc. will pursue all possible avenues that will allow us to weather this economic downturn. 

 

Thank you & please work safe!

THOMAS Insulation Inc.

Erhardt Tutto 

President

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Every year, Canadians lose millions of dollars to scams that result in identity and financial theft. 

You as a taxpayer should be vigilant when you receive communication that claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number. This could be either by telephone, mail, text message or email. 

These scams may insist to collect personal information so that you can receive a refund or a benefit payment. Communication could also involve threatening or coercive language to scare you into paying fictitious debt to the CRA. 

A most common way of communication in recent years is urging taxpayers to visit a fake CRA website and click on any of the links provided.

When you receive any communication regarding your tax return, you can always phone CRA or check My Account to be sure. 

Click here to find our more on how to identify communications not from the CRA and their guidelines. 

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Posted by on in General Information

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Heat-Related Emergencies: Staying Cool and Hydrated in Canadian Summers

Heat-related emergencies occur when the body becomes dehydrated, which may result in an increased body temperature. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, can happen to anyone who stays in the summer heat and sun for too long.

It is important for everyone outdoors to know how to prevent heat emergencies, recognize when someone has been in the heat for too long, and be able to provide help when needed.

The Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Emergencies

·         Cramps or muscle tightening, usually in the legs and abdomen but they can be in other parts of the body

·         Headache

·         Nausea

·         Dizziness, weakness, and feeling faint

·         Skin that is redder or paler than usual, or moist skin

·         Rapid shallow breathing

·         Irritable, bizarre, or aggressive behavior

How to Help

·         Move the person to a cooler location

·         Give the person cool water to drink in sips

·         Have the person loosen any tight clothing

·         Fan the person

·         Put cool water on the person’s skin

·         If the person’s condition is severe, put covered ice packs in each armpit and on the back of the person’s neck

·         Call for help (EMS/9-1-1)

When you’re hot you sweat more than normal, so you need to drink more to replace the water your body is losing. Drink plenty of cool fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty, but avoid caffeine and alcohol. They can cause dehydration, which stops your body from controlling its temperature properly.

Preventing Heat-Related Emergencies

·         Drink plenty of cool fluids — this is the most important step you can take.

·         Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.

·         Know the humidex rating — it combines the temperature and humidity to indicate how hot, humid weather feels to the average person.

·         Wear light, loose clothing to let air circulate and heat escape and always wear a hat.

·         Apply sunscreen (with SPF 15 or higher) as sunburned skin reduces the body’s ability to cool itself.

Take breaks in a cool or shady area to let your body cool off.

 

Source: www.redcross.ca 

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Due to the low oil prices there has been a definite turn down in the economy; however oil companies are still set to spend $24 billion on capital work in 2015.

The majority of this capital work will be focused around the major companies such as Suncor, CNRL and Shell.

To date THOMAS Insulation Inc. is well positioned for a steady volume of work in 2015.

 

We have experienced a substantial increase of work in the last month or so and more coming to us in the next couple of months that should carry us through to the end of the year. 

Contact us for job opportunities in Insulation and Glycol Heat Tracing.

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When an hourly or field employee commences employment with a Merit member company, an Hour Bank “account” is opened. The employer must report all hours worked by the employee. Each month, 150 hours are deducted to pay for a month of benefit coverage. If there are more hours in the account than are needed to pay for coverage, the excess hours accumulate.

Beginning with January 2015 hours, the maximum number of hours that can be held in an individual’s Hour Bank account has been increased from 800 to 1,200. Those hours can be used to pay for up to eight months of benefits if no further hours are reported. The accumulation of excess hours enables unemployed individuals to maintain coverage between jobs, and assists seasonal workers in maintaining coverage during periods of lay-off.

Once an employee’s Hour Bank account has reached the 1,200-hour maximum, employers must continue to report all hours worked. When hours are reported for an employee whose account balance is 1,200 (after the deduction of 150 hours to pay for benefits), those hours are “forfeited”. It is important to note that forfeited hours are not lost. Instead, they are credited to the Hour Bank Plan itself rather than to the individual employee’s Hour Bank account. As a result, forfeited hours benefit all employers and employees participating in the Hour Bank Plan by reducing required premiums.

Source: News of Merit

For more information, please go to https://www.merconbenefits.com/benefitsplan/ or call 1-877-263-7266

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THOMAS Insulation Inc. is about to release the second issue of their Newsletter. If you would like to receive this Newsletter via e-mail, please click here Consent-Form.pdf to sign and send it to newsletter@thomasinsulation.ca or fax to 403-275-3666

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The holidays are a great time of the year to give thanks for the things you have, and to give to those less fortunate.

This year, THOMAS Insulation Inc. donated $900 worth of groceries to the Calgary Poppy Fund &Veteran's Food Bank, as well as food, toys and cash to AARCS (Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society)

We are very proud of helping those in need this time of year. A big Thank You to everyone who helped collect for these charities.

Happy Holidays!

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Driving during winter months can be challenging anywhere. Alberta has some exceptional challenges, due to its unique position and frequently changing weather patterns. This can lead to hazardous road conditions, black ice and frozen drifts making roads virtually impassable. The following publications provide useful winter driving tips:

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Winter-Driving-Tips.pdf

Drive Safe!

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In previous years, most of our jobs would be slowly coming to an end around this time and everyone starts thinking of the holidays and vacation. However, here at THOMAS Insulation, work is only picking up, and we have received more contracts in the last few weeks than ever before at this time of year.

Needless to say, we have plenty of work before the Christmas break, and also carrying on to the New Year. So, if you are an experienced insulator, give us a call, start working right away, and have a bit extra $$$ in your pocket for the Holidays. 

*Safety Tickets and D&A test required. 

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Nelly started with Thomas Insulation back in January 2013. For almost two years she has excelled at her job, working with the Human Resources Department, hiring insulators for all our sites and keeping up with the demand. This experience will help her in this new position and will make the transition easier. We wish her a great success with her new role!

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Calgary Corporate Challenge is an Olympic-style event where employees, manager and volunteers throughout the city participate in a variety of athletic and non-athletic events.

Thomas Insulation Inc earned a spot this year by attending a lottery event held in April.  Not knowing what to expect, Thomas employees signed up for almost all sporting and charitable events and tackled every single one with passion and enthusiasm.

It all started in May with the Blood Donation Challenge and joining Partners for Life with the Canadian Blood Services. Thomas brought in 16 new donors who will continue to participate in blood drives throughout the year.

By June, office employees and Thomas’ friends were ready to ride the BIG BIKE for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and raised more than $4000 for that event.

On September 5th a Torch Relay marked the start to the Sporting Events and for the next few weeks office employees competed in the following: Bocce, Darts, Foosball, Horseshoes, Mini-Golf, Scavenger Hunt, Table Tennis, Truck Pull and Volleyball.

After all results were handed in, Thomas Insulation placed 8th out of 21 team overall, plus earned a Silver Medal in the Blood Drive, and Bronze Medals in Horseshoes, Scavenger Hunt and Big Bike donation challenge on their MINI Division.

A special thanks to all who participated in one way or another and helped Thomas Insulation’s rookie year in the Corporate Challenge a SUCCESS!!

Looking forward to next year!

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Thomas Insulation is getting busy!

This Fall Season looks very exciting, with many new projects starting up and with busy schedule ahead.  From Kearl Lake, Firebag, Brion to many more, these work sites will be busy for the rest of the year!

If you are back from a summer vacation, the kids are back in school and you want to get back to work right away, give us a call for exciting opportunities and to join us at any of our work locations. Travel, shifts and accommodation options vary. 

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