Consultation on proposed amendments to OHS Regulation, Part 16 – Mobile Equipment

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to Part 16, Mobile Equipment, together with consequential amendments to nine other Parts, of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The consultation phase provides stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback prior to the proposed amendments being taken to public hearing in spring of…

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BC NDP announces Crown corporation to handle union-friendly construction

The Globe and Mail | WENDY STUECK  |  VANCOUVER  |  JULY 16, 2018 B.C. Premier John Horgan stands with apprentice ironworker Danielle Shaw during an announcement at the Ironworkers Training Facility at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, the same day the NDP government unveiled the Community Benefits Agreement. DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN…

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Independent contractors group claim new labour agreement will result in higher costs, delayed projects

The Globe and Mail  |  WENDY STUECK  |  VANCOUVER  |  JULY 17, 2018 A new B.C. Crown corporation is expected to track employment numbers and other benchmarks for major infrastructure projects in the province, including the number of apprenticeships in skilled trades and employment and training opportunities for groups typically underrepresented in the construction sector such as…

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New BC Crown corp to oversee labour for public infrastructure projects

by NEWS 1130 STAFF   Posted Jul 16, 2018 11:40 am PDT (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 photo) Benefits agreement says gov’t will prioritize local, Indigenous, when hiring for major projects Independent Contractors and Business Association concerned about Crown corp. model, workers potentially losing work BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – The B.C. government has created a new Crown Corporation to…

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Critics worry Horgan’s announcement will only benefit union members

News 1130 by JOHN ACKERMANN  |  Posted Jul 16, 2018 6:30 am PDT (Dave White, NEWS 1130 Photo) VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A major infrastructure announcement is expected today from the provincial government, and there is already criticism being leveled at Premier John Horgan. Rieghard van Enter with the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada worries only union…

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New framework ties major projects to benefits for workers and communities

A new, landmark agreement for key public-sector infrastructure projects in B.C. will deliver good-paying jobs, better training and apprenticeships, and more trades opportunities for Indigenous peoples, women and youth around the province. “British Columbians rightfully expect B.C. projects to benefit B.C. workers, families and communities. Our new Community Benefits Agreement will help deliver those benefits,”…

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Proposed policy amendments and practice materials regarding the Certificate of Recognition Program

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division (the PRRD) is releasing a discussion paper on proposed policy amendments to the Certificate of Recognition (COR) Program. In addition, the Industry and Labour Services department is releasing practice materials on proposed program developments. It is recommended the discussion paper, which contains the proposed policy amendments, and the practice…

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Saskatoon company fined for breach of employment law in death of young worker

The Canadian Press   |  July 13, 2018 SASKATOON – A Saskatoon-based construction company has been fined $80,000 for its role in the death of a 19-year-old worker nearly two years ago. Carmont Construction Ltd. was fined in Saskatoon Provincial court on Thursday. The company pleaded guilty to a charge under the Saskatchewan Employment Act. Carmont was accused of not making…

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Fee Consultation for On-site Electricity Production and Storage System Connections – Lower Fees!

Technical Safety BC is proposing a new category of electrical installation permit fees, specifically for interconnection equipment such as transfer switches, combiners, and inverters which connect to systems that produce and store electricity to be used on site. Currently, this category is covered under electrical installation permits, which calculates the fee based on the value…

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More than $5 million in disability claims paid to kids 15 and under injured on the job in B.C.

Vancouver Sun | GLENDA LUYMES  | Updated: July 5, 2018 Portrait of Adrienne Montani at First Call offices in Vancouver, B.C., November 20, 2017. ARLEN REDEKOP / PNG SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT Child safety advocates are urging the provincial government to change B.C. labour laws to protect the province’s youngest workers — those 15 and under — after more than $5 million…

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June 2018 work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

These summaries of selected Construction work-related incidents recently reported to WorkSafeBC may help you to prevent similar incidents.  See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Undetermined injuries (2 workers) Core Activity: Insulation work or fireproofing Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Jun ID Number: 2018122120012 Two workers were working from a job-built wooden scaffold in a…

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Technical Safety BC’s 2017 State of Safety Report

Technical Safety BC’s 2017 State of Safety Report is now available. This report provides a comprehensive overview of TSBC’s activities and information analysis, including data on safety assessments and incident investigations, as well as research and enforcement activities. This year the entire report is presented in an interactive, digital format. TSBC is thrilled to advance the safety…

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2018 New or Revised ACGIH Threshold Limit Values and B.C. OELs

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) provides that occupational exposure limits (OELs) for hazardous chemical substances are generally determined with reference to the threshold limit values (TLVs) set by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). Each year, the ACGIH publishes a list of substances for which they have set new or revised…

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Reaction varies to new B.C. procurement strategy

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey  | July 4, 2018 BC construction industry stakeholders have varying perspectives on the provincial government’s new procurement strategy. The provincial ministry of citizens’ services announced the new strategy on June 25 which aims to modernize and streamline the current process. The strategy lists four main goals: to realize the best value…

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ICBA Proportional Representation Referendum Materials

For your information – The ICBA has prepared a number of communication materials regarding the upcoming provincial referendum on proportional representation.  If your Association is preparing to take a stand against a change to our current provincial electoral system,  please review and join us in circulating these materials. https://www.icbaindependent.ca/2018/06/15/stop-prop-rep/

Government review of BC Hydro

Journal of Commerce News Service  |   June 22, 2018 VICTORIA — The Government of British Columbia is launching a comprehensive two-phase review of BC Hydro. The first phase will identify cost savings, efficiencies and new revenue streams, with staff from the ministries of energy, mines and petroleum resources, the ministry of finance and BC Hydro forming…

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