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: Undetermined injuries (2 workers) Core Activity: Insulation work or fireproofing Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Jun ID Number: 2018122120012 Two workers were working from a job-built wooden scaffold in a…

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Technical Safety BC’s 2017 State of Safety Report

Technical Safety BC’s 2017 State of Safety Report is now available. This report provides a comprehensive overview of TSBC’s activities and information analysis, including data on safety assessments and incident investigations, as well as research and enforcement activities. This year the entire report is presented in an interactive, digital format. TSBC is thrilled to advance the safety…

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2018 New or Revised ACGIH Threshold Limit Values and B.C. OELs

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) provides that occupational exposure limits (OELs) for hazardous chemical substances are generally determined with reference to the threshold limit values (TLVs) set by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). Each year, the ACGIH publishes a list of substances for which they have set new or revised…

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Reaction varies to new B.C. procurement strategy

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey  | July 4, 2018 BC construction industry stakeholders have varying perspectives on the provincial government’s new procurement strategy. The provincial ministry of citizens’ services announced the new strategy on June 25 which aims to modernize and streamline the current process. The strategy lists four main goals: to realize the best value…

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ICBA Proportional Representation Referendum Materials

For your information – The ICBA has prepared a number of communication materials regarding the upcoming provincial referendum on proportional representation.  If your Association is preparing to take a stand against a change to our current provincial electoral system,  please review and join us in circulating these materials. https://www.icbaindependent.ca/2018/06/15/stop-prop-rep/

Government review of BC Hydro

Journal of Commerce News Service  |   June 22, 2018 VICTORIA — The Government of British Columbia is launching a comprehensive two-phase review of BC Hydro. The first phase will identify cost savings, efficiencies and new revenue streams, with staff from the ministries of energy, mines and petroleum resources, the ministry of finance and BC Hydro forming…

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More Safety Differently

November 27 2018 Todd Conklin: i-HOP: An Introduction to Human & Organizational Performance https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/i-hop-an-introduction-to-human-organizational-performance-with-drtodd-conklin-tickets-47000706378 Todd’s ‘Pre Accident Podcast’ now has over 500,000 downloads! https://preaccidentpodcast.podbean.com/ His recent presentation to 1600  Steelworkers is definitely worth a watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoYUQlWiRgc Here is Bob Edwards briefly explaining HOP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoMp5N6AQsc&feature=youtu.be February 8 2019 Sidney Dekker: Safety Differently a ‘Principles and Practices’…

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June 15, 2018 Construction 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: Burns Core Activity: Commercial refrigeration or commercial air conditioning work Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Jun ID Number: 2018162930009 A worker was using an acetylene torch to un-solder a copper…

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WorkSafeBC Rate Consultation Sessions – July

Learn about WorkSafeBC’s preliminary 2019 rates Join one of the WorkSafeBC rate consultation sessions You’re invited to attend a session on WorkSafeBC’s insurance rates for 2019. Join us, and other employers in your region, to learn more about the preliminary rates for your industry, injury trends in British Columbia, and what you can do to…

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New safety bulletin: Hazards of using Prusik slings in fall-protection systems

Some workers use Pusik slings as rope grabs, as part of their personal fall-protection system. A Prusik sling, however, does not protect workers who might instinctively grasp their system’s rope grabs during falls. Some commercially available rope grabs are manufactured with “anti-panic” features that lock onto the lifeline even when they are grasped. A Prusik…

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Decision on the New and Revised Occupational Exposure Limits for 2013, 2014, and 2015

At the May 2018 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors (BOD) approved the adoption of the 2013, 2014, and 2015 new and revised American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists Threshold Limit Values (ACGIH TLVs). The BOD decided to adopt the ACGIH TLVs as British Columbia Occupational Exposure Limits (BC OELs) for the following substances: Acetone Aliphatic…

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Bill 9 — Mental Disorder Presumption

The Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2018 (Bill 9) amends the Workers Compensation Act by adding a mental disorder presumption for correctional officers, emergency medical assistants, firefighters, police officers, and sheriffs who are exposed to one or more traumatic events as part of their employment. The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper…

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May 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: Multiple injuries Core Activity: Commercial refrigeration or commercial air conditioning work Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-May ID Number: 2018155500026 A worker using a fixed ladder to access a roof…

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Roadbuilders see less red tape with COR to SAFE agreement

Journal of Commerce  |  Peter Caulfield   |  May 28, 2018 In 2017, the BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC). The agreement enabled construction companies with COR (certificate of recognition) to comply with the forestry sector’s similar but different safety requirements. Not long after the…

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