April 28th Day of Mourning

April 28 has been designated the national Day of Mourning, a time when we all come together to remember those who have lost their lives due to work-related incidents or occupational diseases. Last year 158 workers died as a result of their work. Sadly, in a recent three-week period alone, 11 more workers in British…

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Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to 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 2018. The proposed regulatory amendment packages under review are: Part 21, Blasting Operations, multiple sections…

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March 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: Close call Core Activity: Excavation operation Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Mar ID Number: 2018178050004 While workers were back-filling soil material in an excavation adjacent to an underground high-voltage utility…

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Occupational Disease Symposium – April 19th

Join WorkSafeBC and the BC Construction Safety Alliance on Thursday, April 19, for an Occupational Disease Symposium. You’ll have a full day of learning from industry professionals about a variety of topics, including: Asbestos exposure Silica Sun exposure Hearing loss prevention Diesel exhaust Lead Sensitizers A full buffet breakfast and lunch will be provided, and…

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Are you Risk Intelligent?

Today’s Lythism –> How can we possibly seek to understand ‘safety’ at work if we don’t know anything about the psychology of risk or how people’s minds work? Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, members and anyone else you think might be interested or could benefit from this session. Understanding the way people make judgments…

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Labour code review reveals differing opinions

Journal of Commerce  |  Warren Frey   | March 28, 2018 Industry stakeholders are answering the call of the code. British Columbia’s Labour Relations Code is under review by a panel of three people who will provide recommendations by August 2018 on potential amendments to the code. The stated intent of the review is to ensure the code…

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New provincial governments bring changes to provincial construction

Journal of Commerce  | Peter Caulfield   | April 2, 2018 When a new provincial or territorial government is elected in Canada, the changing of the political guard often means a move from one side of the left/right political continuum to the other. When that happens, it often affects that jurisdiction’s construction industry, including the balance of employer-labour…

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WorkSafeBC said ‘no changes’ to COR program in 2018

Journal of Commerce |  OH&S | Peter Caulfield | March 26, 2018 WorkSafeBC (WSBC), which is a partner in the Partners in Injury and Disability Prevention Program, otherwise known as the Certificate of Recognition (COR), has been undertaking consultations for new policy and practice directives for the program. Despite rumours of possible changes, the construction industry should not…

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February Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

These summaries of selected work-related incidents recently reported to WorkSafeBC may help you to prevent similar incidents. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Close call Core Activity: Road construction Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Mar ID Number: 2018180940006 While conducting road work, a loader/backhoe made contact with an underground 14 kV primary conduit. Injury…

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2018 Day of Mourning

Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning. Every year workers, families, employers, and communities come together at ceremonies held around the province to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational disease, and renew our commitment to creating healthy and safe workplaces. Visit http://www.dayofmourning.bc.ca/ for more information on…

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Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to 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 fall of 2018. Feedback will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Proposed…

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Reducing Risk of Pentane Gas Fires and Explosions

WorkSafeBC recently published a new safety bulletin about reducing the risk of pentane gas fires and explosions. Expanded polystyrene is a synthetic foam material that has a wide range of uses in many industries. Some of its applications include insulation in buildings (especially cold storage buildings), piping, concrete formwork, and wine tanks; wharf and float…

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February 2018 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Puncture wound to leg Core Activity: Framing or residential forming Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Feb ID Number: 2018184480001 A worker infilling an elevator core wall inadvertently discharged a nail gun into his leg. Injury Type: Upper body fracture, suspected head injury Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date…

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Occupational Disease Symposium – April 19, 2018

In partnership with WorkSafeBC, please join BCCSA on Thursday, April 19th at Trev Deeley Motorcycles for their Occupational Disease Symposium for a full day of learning from industry professionals on a variety of topics, including: Asbestos, Sun, Lead and more. Full- buffet breakfast and lunch will be provided along with a tradeshow in the main…

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It’s time to strategize for Prompt Payment BC

It’s time to strategize for Prompt Payment BC Timely cash flow throughout the construction payment chain is fundamental to a healthy construction industry. Delay in payments anywhere in the supply chain reduces profit and restricts innovation and investment in plant, machinery and people. It also increases the cost to finance company operations and drives up…

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Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to 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 2018. The proposed regulatory amendment packages under review are: Part 8, Personal Protective Clothing and…

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WorkSafeBC releases three-year strategy to reduce serious injuries in the construction sector

Richmond, B.C. (Feb. 7, 2018) — WorkSafeBC has released a new three-year plan to help employers reduce serious injuries in the construction sector. The 2018-2020Construction High-Risk Strategy is designed to prevent unsafe acts or conditions that cause workplace injuries and fatalities.   “The serious injury rate in the construction sector is much higher than in…

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WorkSafeBC releases three-year construction sector injury reduction strategy

JOC News Service ~ February 8, 2018 RICHMOND, B.C. – WorkSafeBC has released a new three-year plan to help employers reduce serious injuries in the construction sector. Titled the 2018-2020 Construction High Risk Strategy, the plan focuses on health and safety responsibilities, tools, equipment and processes, and partnership and collaboration. WorkSafeBC officers will conduct workplace inspections focused…

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