WorkSafeBC Ergonomics Forum

In recognition of Ergonomics Month in October, WorkSafeBC is hosting its annual Ergonomics Forum on October 11 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please join us to network and to hear speakers from WorkSafeBC, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and Simon Fraser University present on a variety of topics, including: MSI assessment tools Ergonomics for offices, mobile offices,…

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Free construction series webinars

The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) has partnered with the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (WWDPI) and the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) to provide educational webinars on various construction work health topics. Organizational and individual intervention methods that improved Total Worker Health® in construction workers October 23,…

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SCA Preps members for cannabis legalization

Journal of Commerce | Grant Cameron | September 19, 2018 Contractors should ensure they have clear impairment policies in place and that their field supervisors and employees understand them now that recreational marijuana use is about to become legal in Canada, says John Lax, director of advocacy and communications at the Saskatchewan Construction Association (SCA). “It has…

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Bridging the Gap safety conference to tackle new trends in October

Journal of Commerce  |  Warren Frey |  September 17, 2018 One of the Lower Mainland’s safety stalwarts is tackling new territory as it brings its community together. The British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) will hold the Bridging the Gap safety conference on Oct. 25 and 26 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. The keynote speaker…

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WorkSafeBC reinforces exercising caution around concrete blocks

Journal Of Commerce  |   News Service   |  September 17, 2018 VANCOUVER — Concrete locking blocks, a common sight at construction sites, can be a serious hazard if moved improperly. WorkSafeBC recently issued a bulletin reminding workers of some of the risks and best practices for using them. Concrete locking blocks are used to build silos, containment…

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August 2018 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

September 6, 2018 These summaries of selected work-related incidents recently reported to WorkSafeBC may help you to prevent similar incidents. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Head lacerations, suspected shoulder injury Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2018-Aug ID Number: 2018182170011 A…

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Employers didn’t protect workers’ safety in fatal ammonia leak: WorkSafeBC

The Canadian Press   |  August 30, 2018 RICHMOND, B.C. – A refrigeration company and a municipality have been cited by WorkSafeBC under health and safety regulations after three workers died last year when they were exposed to ammonia at an arena in Fernie, B.C. The workplace safety agency released Wednesday (Aug. 29) its 74-page incident investigation…

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B.C. adopts 2018 edition of B.C. Building Code

Journal Of Commerce   |    News Service |   September 5, 2018 VICTORIA — The Province of British Columbia has adopted the 2018 edition of the British Columbia Building Code which includes Book II Plumbing Services (BC Building and Plumbing Code). The new BC Building and Plumbing Code will be effective as of Dec. 10 and applies…

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Safety Differently Reminder

It is going to be a busy Fall and Winter – Jeff Lyth has three events scheduled: November 1 & 2 2018 Culture Leadership Masterclass with Dr. Robert Long https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/culture-leadership-masterclass-with-dr-robert-long-tickets-48392474193   November 27 2018 i-HOP: An Introduction to Human and Organizational Performance with Dr. Todd Conklin https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/i-hop-an-introduction-to-human-organizational-performance-with-drtodd-conklin-tickets-47000706378   February 8 2019 Safety Differently: A ‘Principles…

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July 2018 Work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

August 9, 2018 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: Lower body injury Core Activity: Excavator operation Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Jul ID Number: 2018178740007 An excavator operator (a young worker) exited the cab onto the…

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Chris Gardner: Horgan’s Building Trades deal not just discriminatory, it’s sloppy too

Vancouver Sun | CHRIS GARDNER | Updated: August 8, 2018 What’s worse than a discriminatory Project Labour Agreement paying off political favours and forcing unionization on the 85 per cent of construction workers who have chosen to organize themselves differently than the NDP and old-school Building Trades unions want? How about a sloppily written agreement that…

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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: Back and lower body injuries (1 worker) Core Activity: Excavation, or private landfill or transfer station operation Location: Northern B.C. Date of Incident: 2018-Jul ID Number: 2018179460066 A rubber-tracked mini-excavator was…

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Announcing Safety Differently Events

November 1 & 2, 2018 Culture Leadership Masterclass with Dr. Robert Long https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/culture-leadership-masterclass-with-dr-robert-long-tickets-48392474193   November 27, 2018 i-HOP: An Introduction to Human and Organizational Performance with Dr. Todd Conklin https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/i-hop-an-introduction-to-human-organizational-performance-with-drtodd-conklin-tickets-47000706378   February 8, 2019 Safety Differently: A ‘Principles and Practices’ Update with Dr. Sidney Dekker https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/safety-differently-a-principles-practices-update-with-drsidney-dekker-tickets-47001013296  

Industry Voices: Workplace safety improves in B.C.

Journal of Commerce | Dave Baspaly | July 27, 2018 WorkSafeBC (WSBC) has just released information on the preliminary assessment rates for B.C., together with data on the injury rate. There is excellent news for both workers and employers in this new information. The B.C. injury rate for all industries is at its lowest ever level —…

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