December Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

CONSTRUCTION Injury Type: Undetermined injuries Core Activity: Low slope roofing Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2014-Dec ID Number: 2014173920042 A worker fell from a ladder while performing a roofing estimate. Injury Type: Abrasion, back strain Core Activity: Concrete placing / Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction Location: Lower Mainland Date of…

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New and Revised Occupational Exposure Limits Effective February 1, 2015

January 5, 2015 At the November 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors (BOD) approved the adoption of the 2012 new and revised American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists Threshold Limit Values (ACGIH TLVs), as well as substances from previous years. The BOD decided to adopt the ACGIH TLVs as B.C. Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) for carbonyl sulfide,…

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Chair announces four new appointments to WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors​

George Morfitt, chair of WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors, announces four new members of the board. I’m pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors: Lillian White, employer representative (replacing Joe Lindgren) (January 3, 2015 – December 1, 2016) Lillian is president of Treen Safety, a Vancouver-based company that specializes…

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November Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Injuries to head Core Activity: Industrial, commercial, institutional, or highrise residential contracting or construction Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2014-Nov ID Number: 2014163750093 During the operation of the permanent traveller (movable work platform) below the bridge deck, a worker’s head became pinned between the traveller guardrail and a steel cross-brace. The worker…

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Personal Optional Protection Update

Minimum coverage increasing in 2015 Are you a proprietor or partner in an unincorporated construction company? WorkSafeBC Personal Optional Protection is an optional insurance plan for individuals who are not automatically covered by the Workers Compensation Act. If injured at work, customers who have Personal Optional Protection coverage are protected against income loss and the…

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Amendments to the OH&S High Risk Policy (D12-196-2)

December 1, 2014 At it’s October 2014 meeting, WorksafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) High Risk Policy (D12?196?2). The amendments became effective on December 1, 2014. The Board of Directors’ resolution is available for reference. The amendments establish six designated high risk violations and simplify the criteria for…

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WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan — Implementation

In July 2014, WorkSafeBC accepted the WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan that had been prepared by Gordon Macatee and which outlines 43 recommendations relating to occupational health and safety inspections and investigations at WorkSafeBC. The Implementation Status Report is designed to provide updates on the progress and implementation of the recommendations. December 9, 2014 –…

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October 2014 WorkSafeBC Board Decisions – Dividends and OH&S Reg Changes

WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors make policy and regulation decisions that affect the workers and employers of British Columbia. For example, the decisions can affect the assessment rates an employer pays, or the level of benefits a worker receives.  Policy and regulation decisions made by WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors at their October 2014 meeting include: Repealing…

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October Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

The following work related incidents were reported to WorkSafeBC in October 2014: Injury Type: Close call Core Activity: Structural concrete forming / Highrise construction Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2014-Oct ID Number: 2014163750086 During flyform stripping, an unsecured piece of 3/4-inch plywood (filler) measuring 2 feet by 5.5 feet fell from the 25th floor….

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2014 Construction Safety Conference – Bridging the Gap

The 9th annual Bridging the Gap conference is a two-day conference on safety in the construction industry.  The all plenary sessions will include on site safety responsibilities and supervision, occupational disease prevention (asbestos and silica), alternatives to ladders, MSI prevention and return to work, traffic control and mobile equipment, and more. Where?  Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel,…

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Consultation on the 2015 — 2017 Compensation, Occupational Disease and Assessment Policy Priorities Workplan

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared a draft 2015 – 2017 Compensation, Occupational Disease and Assessment Policy Priorities Workplan for stakeholder review and comment. Stakeholders are invited to review the discussion paper and proposed workplan, and to provide feedback by November 14, 2014. COCA will be drafting a response for circulation and submission…

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Issuing Orders to Workers: The Decision Process

WorkSafeBC has issued a bulletin outlining the decision process for orders to workers.  It can be found online HERE and printed HERE. Prevention policy provides that all parties with duties under the Workers Compensation Act (the Act) may be able to affect the health and safety of persons at or near a workplace. While the employer has the…

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Burns Lake Wood Pellet Mill Explosion

One man suffered third degree burns and two other employees were injured in an explosion at a wood pellet plant in Burns Lake on Thursday October 9th, 2014.  Leroy Reitsma, president of Pinnacle Renewable Energy plant said a “fire-related incident” happened at the Burns Lake mill, located on Highway 16 east of Burns Lake, at…

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WorkSafeBC Tools for Employers

Visit the Industry Safety Information Centre, where you can create charts to see your injury prevention activities, accepted injury/illness claims, and changes to your industry size. The Employer Safety Planning Tool Kit is a suite of interactive tools that enables Employers to learn about the injuries and claims that impact their safety performance. It allows…

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