PCA embraces B.C. Builders Code

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | June 3, 2020 VANCOUVER — The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) has announced its support of the B.C. Builders Code, a program that aims to make jobsites inclusive and welcoming to all people. “As progressive contractors we want to help lead the way and show that the…

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Adding diseases caused by communicable viral pathogens, including COVID-19, to Schedule 1 of the Workers Compensation Act

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper on adding diseases caused by communicable viral pathogens, including COVID-19, to Schedule 1 with options and draft amendments to stakeholders for comment. If a disease is identified in Schedule 1 and the worker was employed in the corresponding process or industry listed in the…

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WorkSafeBC – Adding Covid-19 to Schedule 1

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper on adding diseases caused by communicable viral pathogens, including COVID-19, to Schedule 1 of the Workers Compensation Act with options and draft amendments to stakeholders for comment. The link will be available on the Current Consultations and Public Hearings page on June 1, 2020.  This will be an…

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Technical Safety BC State of Safety and Annual Report

Technical Safety BC has released its State of Safety and Annual Report for 2019. These reports document their work over the past year through stories and data on hazards, incidents, and safety management of technical systems in British Columbia. Here are some of the highlights from 2019 detailed in the State of Safety and Annual Report: 600 incidents reported…

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Mike McKenna: Construction sector united in fight against COVID-19

Vancouver Sun | Op Ed | Mike McKenna | May 29, 2020 https://www.bccassn.com/media/Op-Ed%20V1.pdf As the provincial government announces a phased recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic under B.C.’s restart plan, many sequestered businesses and workers may be facing a reopening with a mix of optimism and concern about working safely. Declared an essential service by the…

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Recent Construction Sector work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

May 29, 2020 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: Exposure to carbon monoxide (2 workers) Core Activity: Plumbing, heating, vent, residential air conditioning, or central vacuum system installation or…

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WorkSafeBC announces additional support for employers impacted by COVID-19

Published on: May 26, 2020 | WorkSafeBC Website Richmond, B.C. — WorkSafeBC is waiving premiums for employers who are approved to receive the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for furloughed workers (employees on leave with full or partial pay). WorkSafeBC recognizes the challenges employers are facing during this extraordinary time, and in light of the…

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Ralph McGinn – Memory Book, Memorial Service

On behalf of the Executive Administrative Assistant, Office of the President & Board of Directors: As you may have heard, Ralph McGinn, WorkSafeBC’s Chair, former Chief Executive officer, and former Vice-President of Prevention Services, passed away on May 11. To celebrate his remarkable contributions to WorkSafeBC and to the workers and employers of British Columbia,…

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Statement by WorkSafeBC on its financial position

Published on: May 24, 2020 | WorkSafeBC Website Richmond, B.C. — WorkSafeBC is committed to sound financial management in order to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the system for workers and employers. To increase financial stability — and avoid rate volatility during economic and investment downturns — WorkSafeBC retains a reasonable level of assets…

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BC Building Trades call for public inquiry into COVID-19 health and safety

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | May 25, 2020 The BC Building Trades Council (BCBT) is asking the province to launch a public inquiry into health and safety practices in the construction sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendation was included in the BCBT’s submission to Premier John Horgan’s Economic Recovery Task Force. The group…

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Planned consultation on adding a presumption for infections caused by communicable viral pathogens (including COVID -19)

Published on: May 21, 2020 Further to the direction from WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors (BOD), the Policy, Regulation and Review Division (PPRD) is preparing to release a discussion paper for consultation on adding a presumption for infections caused by communicable viral pathogens (including COVID -19) on an expedited basis. The PRRD anticipates posting a discussion…

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WorkSafe BC increases inspections by 50% as businesses reopen

Victoria News | ASHLEY WADHWANI | May. 21, 2020 | BUSINESS Random inspections are to ensure businesses follow COVID-19 guidelines, requirements from health officials WorkSafe BC will focus on random inspections to ensure businesses follow health guidelines and requirements as the province enters Phase Two in its COVID-19 reopening plan. According to Labour Minister Harry…

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BCCA’s Builders Code, ‘Cool or Tool’ content goes digital

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | May 19, 2020 VANCOUVER — The COVID-19 crisis isn’t stopping the BC Construction Association (BCCA) from continuing its campaign against harassment, hazing and bullying on jobsites.  With COVID-19 physical distancing orders in effect across the province, the association is moving its anti-harassment training online to help fight transmission of the…

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