WorkSafeBC to focus on crane safety in 2020

Journal of Commerce | Grant Cameron | January 22, 2020 WorkSafeBC has a number of initiatives planned in 2020 to ensure the estimated 300 tower cranes operating in the province are in proper working order and will not pose a danger to workers or the public. This year, a five-member provincial crane inspection team will focus…

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JOC Sponsored Content: CSA Group’s infection control training for health care facility construction, renovation, and maintenance projects

Journal of Commerce | CSA Group | January 13, 2020 Construction, renovation, and maintenance of health care facilities bring specific risks associated with potentially fatal infection and illness. Preventing and controlling infection while these activities take place requires the implementation and support of preventive measures intended to protect patients, staff, and visitors from potential harm. Focusing…

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Alberta cuts health and safety committee requirements

Journal of Commerce News Service | December 23, 2019 EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Alberta government has announced it will do away with the requirement for health and safety committees at multiple worksites for some industries. The move has received praise from the Alberta Construction Association (ACA) which stated that joint committees have not shown improvement in…

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B.C. leaders pick top stories of 2019

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | December 30, 2019 It was another major year of news in construction and industry leaders in the west have chimed in with what they feel were the biggest news topics of 2019. “The major story is the skilled worker shortage, an abundance of major projects, and the need for…

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INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES OP-ED: Scrapping CBAs in B.C. a perfect New Year’s resolution: PCA

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 | Paul de Jong | December 30, 2019 The Horgan government rolled out its so-called Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) in the summer of 2018, touting…

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Feedback on OHSR Part 18 Traffic Control

The proposed amendments for OHSR Part 18 Traffic Control are out for public consultation and can be accessed using the link below. Please review and provide your feedback and comments by January 27, 2020. COCA will be submitting comments – please provide feedback directly or copy us on submissions to dave@cocabc.ca.  https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/law-policy/discussion-papers/consultation-proposed-amendments-occupational-health-safety-regulation-jan-10-20/part-18?lang=en

VRCA, CCA displeased by Supreme Court of Canada decision to dismiss appeal on use of reprisal clauses by the City of Burnaby

Date Posted : Dec 16, 2019 VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) joins with the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) in expressing their displeasure to learn that the Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal brought forward by contractor, J. Cote & Son Excavating. Last week’s decision effectively upholds the use of “reprisal clauses”…

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November 2019 Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

December 17, 2019 Construction incident summaries are based on information obtained as soon as possible after the incidents: they are preliminary and subject to change. Details have been edited to protect workers’ privacy. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Electrical contact (1 worker) Core Activity: Electrical work Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2019-Dec Two workers were in an elevated…

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Building Smart with Seismic Requirements for Part 9 Buildings

BC Housing is offering a 3-hour webinar on January 30, 2020 entitled Building Smart with Seismic Requirements for Part 9 Buildings. The webinar addresses how lateral load resistance as prescribed in Part 9 of the BC Building Code ensures buildings withstand seismic events. Event detailsDate: Thursday, January 30, 2020Time: 9:00 am – noonCost: $80 Location: Available online via a…

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B.C. worker advocates key in return to work programs: Expert

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 | Peter Caulfield | December 9, 2019 In British Columbia, WorkSafeBC (the operating name of The Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia) refers some injured…

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Industry Special: Get ready for SiteReadyBC: BCCSA’s new introductory site safety orientation course is being built for the province, but ready for Canada

Journal of Commerce | BCCSA | December 10, 2019 SiteReadyBC, a brand-new introductory construction safety training course created by the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) is set to launch in early Spring 2020. The course will focus on BC safety regulations but is being built so it can be adapted for use across Canada. The popular…

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B.C. sawmill explosion report calls for more accountability, streamlined investigation

Journal of Commerce | News Service | December 5, 2019 VICTORIA, B.C. – A report reviewing the government of British Columbia and WorkSafeBC’s actions following two fatal sawmill explosions is calling for more accountability and better safeguards for workers along with a streamlined investigation process.   Two people died and 20 were injured on Jan. 10,…

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‘It took a tragedy to create this’: But union supports recommendations in report on deadly sawmill explosions

Report proposes a more streamlined investigative process, new ways for employees to report safety concerns Laura Sciarpelletti |  CBC News |  Posted: Dec 05, 2019 The union representing mill employees affected by two B.C. sawmill explosions in 2012 supports the recommendations made in a recent report on the deadly incidents. A director with United Steelworkers says the…

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Sigurdson ‘honoured’ to have represented B.C.’s building trade unions

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | November 28, 2019 The BC Building Trades’ long-time executive director, Tom Sigurdson, will be handing over his leadership role to Labour lawyer Andrew Mercier next March. Sigurdson has become one of B.C.’s most outspoken voices for the labour movement but his journey to represent trades unions began in the…

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How to find and keep skilled workers a critical focus of B.C. associations

Journal of Commerce | Peter Caulfield | November 29, 2019 Finding, keeping and motivating a skilled and enthusiastic workforce is at the top of the of most British Columbia construction contractors’ to-do lists.  Many contractors, however, are so busy that they don’t have time to give HR (human resources) matters the attention it needs, says Andrea…

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