Formwork Safety Bulletins

Drop head slab formwork systems are becoming more prevalent in B.C.’s construction industry. When working with drop head formwork systems, construction workers and supervisors must understand the differences between backshoring and reshoring; failure to understand the differences could create a life-threatening hazard to workers.   Two new WorkSafeBC construction safety bulletins have been created to…

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Consultation on the 2018–2020 Policy Workplans

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared draft 2018–2020 workplans for stakeholder review and comment. These workplans will encompass policy priorities relating to compensation, occupational disease, assessments and occupational health and safety. Stakeholders are invited to review the discussion paper and proposed workplans, and to provide feedback by December 14, 2017. The discussion paper,…

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Technical Safety BC Proposed Changes to Elevating Devices Regulations

Technical Safety BC (formerly BC Safety Authority) is proposing changes that would affect the elevating devices industry and owners and managers of buildings with elevating devices. They are proposing that: The 2016 edition of the ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators be adopted into the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation, including: Requiring a…

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September 2017 Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Close call Core Activity: Excavation, or private landfill or transfer station operation Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2017-Sep ID Number: 2017173340009 A dump truck with a tandem trailer attached was parked. When the trailer assembly was detached from it, the dump truck rolled down an 8 percent grade for a distance…

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Homeowner Asbestos Awareness Campaign: Phase 2

Phase two of WorkSafeBC’s homeowner campaign begins October 16.  Last year’s outreach resulted in 26 million impressions during the 6 week campaign and 52 percent of homeowners in B.C. recalled seeing it (an average campaign has about 26 percent recall so the campaign had great recognition). WorkSafeBC recognizes that in order for this important message…

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Board of Directors approves revised application statement for the Occupational Health and Safety Penalty Amounts Policy (D12-196-6)

On October 18, 2017, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors (BOD) approved amendments to the application statement of the previously approved policy amendment for the Occupational Health and Safety Penalty Amounts Policy (D12-196-6). These policy changes in the Prevention Manual were originally approved by the Board of Directors on June 28, 2017. The Board of Directors has…

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Proposed policy amendments regarding prior shoulder dislocations

At their meeting on September 18, 2017, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the release of a discussion paper with options, a narrative review of the scientific literature, and proposed policy amendments to stakeholders for comment. Policy on prior shoulder dislocations is longstanding. The scientific basis of the policy had been identified as requiring scientific review….

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Industry Voices: WorkSafeBC preliminary assessment rates for construction

Journal of Commerce | ASSOCIATIONS | by COCA | Oct 16, 2017 The preliminary assessment rates for 2018 have been announced by WorkSafeBC. The rates are described as preliminary because they have not yet been approved by the WorkSafeBC Board of Directors. This approval is expected by November. In most cases, the preliminary rates have historically become the final…

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Industry, government slam Energy East project failure

Journal of Commerce | RESOURCE | by RUSSELL HIXSON |mnOct 11, 2017 Disappointed. It’s the word many in the construction and oil industries are using to sum up their feelings upon hearing TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline will not proceed. On Oct. 5, TransCanada said it would no longer be proceeding with its proposed Energy East Pipeline and Eastern…

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Opinion: End of Energy East pipeline proposal another win for our competitors

Vancouver Sun | CHRIS GARDNER | Published on: October 10, 2017 It’s another week in Canada when businesses and investors are taking their ideas, their people, and their capital elsewhere. This week, it was the announcement that TransCanada has scrapped its $15.7 billion Energy East pipeline proposal, after the National Energy Board changed the regulatory review…

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Industry Voices: The role of supervisors in excavation and scaffolding

Journal of Commerce | OH&S | by WORKSAFEBC | Oct 9, 2017 There’s little doubt that maintaining safe and effective worksites is the responsibility of everyone — workers and employers alike — but setting the safety standards onsite, raising awareness, sharing knowledge and providing training are often the role of supervisors. When it comes to high-risk related tasks like…

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2018 Rate Consultations

WorkSafeBC’s website has been updated with the revised dates and locations of the 2018 Rate consultation sessions. Employers are encouraged to attend one of the six sessions (October 19th – 30th), at various locations in the Province to learn more about the proposed 2018 industry rates, injury trends in British Columbia, and what they can…

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2018-2020 workplan consultation coming soon

Public consultation is central to the way they do business at WorkSafeBC. The Policy, Regulation and Research Division (PRRD) engages directly with stakeholders to ensure transparency and effectiveness when developing the policies and regulations that govern occupational health and safety, compensation, and assessments. Every year, the PRRD consults with stakeholders to help establish priorities for…

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New storage rack regulations

At their meeting on March 30, 2017, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amending the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation by adding section 4.43.1, storage racks. The new B.C. storage rack regulation takes effect January 1, 2018. This regulation governs the installation, inspection, use, and maintenance of steel storage racks. It excludes shelving and display fixtures…

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15th Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology

The British Columbia Building Envelope Council (BCBEC) is hosting the 15th Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology (CCBST) from November 6-8, 2017. This three-day conference provides the platform for industry-wide knowledge exchange and thought-provoking conversation. Register Now.  Register early to confirm your seat and take advantage of discounted rates. Registration questions? Email CCBST2017 at: society@telus.net or…

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August 2017 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Soft tissue injuries Core Activity: Fire sprinkler system installation and/or service Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2017-Aug ID Number: 2017165370048 A young worker was walking on the floor of a building under construction when the floor material broke, causing the worker to fall between the floor joists. Injury Type: Penetrating injury to…

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New WorkSafeBC Resource – Pipeline Construction Inspection Guide

WorkSafeBC has produced a new safety resource about constructing pipelines that may be of interest to your audiences. The Pipeline Construction Inspection Guide is aimed at helping employers, owners and workers understand the key health and safety requirements for pipeline construction operations. Alongside a glossary of terms, the guide lays out WorkSafeBC’s regulatory jurisdiction over pipelines…

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