Upcoming WorkSafeBC Public Hearings

WorkSafeBC will be holding public hearings about proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation from the end of October through mid-November. The following amendments are under consideration: Part 16, Mobile Equipment — Full review of Part 16 with consequential amendments to Parts 1, 8, 10, 12, 14, 17, 26, 28, 31 Part 8,…

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BCCSA concrete pump operator certification a North American first

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey  | September 12, 2019 VANCOUVER – The BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) has partnered with industry and labour organizations to launch North America’s first certification program for concrete pump operators. The BCCSA worked with the Council of Construction Associations (COCA), Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA), BC Construction Association…

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Martin was a “tireless advocate” and VRCA champion: Famulak

Journal of Commerce | News Service | September 6, 2019 VANCOUVER — Vancouver’s local construction industry has lost one of its long-time advocates with the passing of Brian Martin, former Journal of Commerce publisher, says the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA). “Brian Martin was a tireless advocate for the construction industry and a great champion of…

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August 2019 work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

September 5, 2019 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: Close call Core Activity: Electrical work Location: Interior B.C. Date of Incident: 2019-Aug After loading a utility pole using a truck-mounted derrick boom, the truck’s operator drove away with the boom still raised….

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Building Smart: Designing Building Enclosures in Wood-Frame Multi-Unit Construction

BC Housing is offering a 3-hour webinar on October 10, 2019 entitled Building Smart: Designing Building Enclosures in Wood-Frame Multi-Unit Construction. This webinar explores industry best practices for designing efficient, durable wood-frame building enclosures in new construction. Learn about the behaviour of wood as a material, the fundamentals of heat, air and moisture control, durability principles,…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

August 16, 2019 These summaries of selected work-related incidents recently reported to WorkSafeBC may help you to prevent similar incidents. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Injury to lower body Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2019-Aug A worker was performing painting activities on the second floor of a new single-family residence. The worker fell…

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B.C. employers halt participation in workers’ compensation review

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | August 15, 2019 Dozens of employer groups have ceased participation in a review of B.C.’s workers’ compensation system, stating they have lost confidence in the process. “We just want a fair and independent process,” said Doug Alley, managing director of the Employers’ Forum, which is helping organize the response…

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B.C. business groups cry bias, pull out of workers’ compensation review

B.C.’s business community says it has concerns with the direction being taken by the head of the review Vancouver Sun | ROB SHAW | Updated: August 15, 2019 VICTORIA — The business community has resigned en masse from a review of B.C.’s workers’ compensation system, saying the government-appointed reviewer is regurgitating recommendations made a decade…

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Patterson Review Update

COCA is one of 46 associations who signed an Employer Community Submission the Workers Compensation Board Review.  Many of our Association members are also signatories. The letter has been sent to the Reviewer, Janet Patterson, with a cc to Premier Horgan, Deputy Deputy Ministers  Don Wright, Trevor Hughes, and Fazil Mihlar; Leader of the Opposition…

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Workers’ compensation review opportunity to restore benefits: Unions

For information only and not an endorsement – this information is shared to ensure members have the context and understanding of current issues that impact the Construction Industry. Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | August 6, 2019 While employer associations have stated they have concerns over the timing and vague scope of the current review…

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WorkSafeBC highlights risks of warm weather work

JOC News Service | August 8, 2019 RICHMOND, B.C.- WorkSafeBC is reminding workers and employers to be mindful of the dangers of heat stress in elevated summer temperatures, which can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion symptoms excess sweating, muscle cramps, dizziness and fainting while indicators of heat stroke include an increased breathing…

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WorkSafeBC expands Prevention Information Line service

Journal Of Commerce | News Service | August 1, 2019 RICHMOND, B.C. – WorkSafeBC is expanding the Prevention Information Line, a toll-free phone service aimed at providing health and safety information for British Columbia workplaces. Just under a third of calls to the service are construction related, with health care at 8.1 per cent, manufacturing at…

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July work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

July 31, 2019 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: Puncture wound (1 worker) Core Activity: Framing or residential forming Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2019-Jul A worker was framing a wood frame wall using an air nailer. The worker took a…

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B.C. Supreme Court says it will hear CBA petition

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | July 31, 2019 B.C. construction associations are celebrating a partial legal victory and planning next steps in their fight against the B.C. government’s community benefits agreement framework. The BC Supreme Court passed judgement on June 23 in the case of Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) vs. British Columbia…

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Licensing recruiters to protect foreign workers

Ministry of Labour | News Release | Friday, July 19, 2019  Foreign workers who help fill labour shortages in a wide range of B.C. sectors will be better protected under a new government licensing requirement for recruiters. Those recruiters who help secure employment in B.C. for foreign workers have until Oct. 1, 2019, to acquire a…

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B.C. businesses await worker compensation overhaul

Cost, ‘gender-based analysis’ among employer concerns Victoria News | TOM FLETCHER | Jul. 29, 2019 | BUSINESS B.C.’s worker compensation system pulled itself out of an unfunded liability onto a solid financial footing after changes made in 2002, and now employers, injured workers and their families are waiting for the next overhaul. For the full…

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BC construction associations challenge timing, vagueness of WorkSafeBC review

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | July 25, 2019 Dozens of employer associations in B.C., including many in the construction industry, have signed a submission outlining concerns over a review of the province’s Workers’ Compensation system which they feel has been rushed and vaguely defined. “A system like Workers’ Compensation is integral to every business…

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