Review panel asks for sweeping changes to Alberta’s WCB

Journal of Commerce | ASSOCIATIONS | by RUSSELL HIXSON | Sep 20, 2017 Sweeping recommendations to transform Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has the Alberta Construction Association (ACA) deeply concerned. The association has been poring over the 189-page report and its 60 recommendations since it was delivered to the provincial government this summer by an independent review panel….

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Young Worker Update & Survey

Every day, 26 young workers are injured on the job -— that’s one person every 55 minutes. Starting a new job, especially a first job, can be a little scary, but it shouldn’t be dangerous. That’s why WorkSafeBC needs your help to better understand young workers’ awareness of workplace health and safety issues. This is…

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WorkSafeBC urges contractors not to ‘risk it’ with asbestos

Journal of Commerce  | OH&S  | by RUSSELL HIXSON | Aug 25, 2017 WorkSafeBC is focusing its latest campaign on warning contractors about the danger asbestos poses to their workers and businesses. Asbestos-abatement, demolition and general contracts are all the subject of the new mailer campaign urging them to keep workers safe. More than 15,000 mailers have been…

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Asbestos – Why Risk It? for Contractors

On the heels of the Asbestos homeowner campaign WorkSafeBC has launched a targeted contractor awareness initiative to support their Prevention Field Services work in construction.  Their purpose is to get the word out directly to contractors regarding their obligation to manage asbestos safely and responsibly. Their communication strategy… Approximately 14,500 asbestos mailers are being mailed…

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WorkSafeBC issues hot weather worker tips

Journal of Commerce | OH&S  | by JOC NEWS SERVICE | Aug 3, 2017 VANCOUVER — WorkSafeBC is warning Vancouver workers to take precautions as the temperature climbs past 30 C this week. WorkSafeBC recommends outdoor workers drink water every 20 minutes, wear light-coloured, loose fitting clothing made of breathable fabric and do the hardest physical work during the…

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Asbestos – Why Risk it? 

Not dealing with asbestos properly can result in WorkSafeBC fines or stop work orders that could harm your professional reputation.  More importantly there is a risk to workers and contractors have a responsibility to ensure their safety. Asbestos exposure remains the number one killer of workers in B.C. Whether you’re a general contractor, abatement contractor…

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Alberta WCB defies good practice by keeping surplus funds: ACA

Journal of Commerce | by RUSSELL HIXSON  | Jul 19, 2017 An independent review panel has presented the Alberta government with recommendations to modernize its Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). But a first glance has some construction industry stakeholders concerned. The WCB system provides no-fault benefits and supports a safe return to work for injured workers. The last…

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B.C. woman charged in flagger hit and run incident

Journal of Commerce | GOVERNMENT | by JOC NEWS SERVICE | Jul 12, 2017 Burnaby, B.C. – Charges have been approved for a Surrey, B.C. woman who allegedly struck two construction flaggers with a car before fleeing the scene. The woman is 38-year-old Brenda Ouma Aregay of Surrey, B.C. The charges include two counts of Assault with a Weapon,…

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June 2017 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Abrasions and contusions (1 worker) Core Activity: Traffic control Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2017-Jun ID Number: 2017154960020 A traffic control person (a young worker) was struck by a moving vehicle in a construction zone. The worker and the vehicle landed in a drainage ditch about 12 feet below the road…

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Serious injuries in construction can be hard to see

Journal of Commerce | OH&S |  by PETER CAULFIELD Jul 17, 2017 Construction is a tough line of work. Not only is it physically demanding, it is emotionally exacting, too. And sometimes the body or the spirit gets damaged. Or even crushed. Although physical injuries in workplace are relatively easy to identify, what does a psychological injury…

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New labour code to keep asbestos levels to ‘near zero’

Journal of Commerce | GOVERNMENT  | by JOC NEWS SERVICE  | Jul 14, 2017 OTTAWA, ONT. – Patty Hajdu, minister of employment, workforce development and labour, announced recently that, as part of the federal government’s comprehensive ban on asbestos, it is enhancing the Canada Labour Code for workers by lowering the exposure to airborne chrysotile asbestos to as…

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Construction industry weighs in on new B.C. government

Journal of Commerce  |  GOVERNMENT  |  by WARREN FREY Jul 10, 2017 Political stability has returned to British Columbia…for now. After weeks of uncertainty which resulted from an inconclusive provincial election, British Columbia Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon declared on June 29 that BC NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver would form the next government. British…

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New standards proposed for concrete pumps and booms

Journal of Commerce  |  5 Jul 2017  |  PETER CAULFIELD CORRESPONDENT A Canadian Standards Association group called CSA Z151 that is drafting new standards for concrete pumps and placing booms has written a draft that has been made available for public review. Charles Kelly, president of Concrete BC, formerly the BC Ready Mixed Concrete Association,…

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Partners Program (COR) consultation update

The Partners Program is a voluntary certification program designed to encourage employers in B.C. to take a proactive role in occupational health and safety. Employers registered in the Partners Program who meet program requirements achieve a Certificate of Recognition (COR) and become eligible to receive a financial incentive. The Policy, Regulation and Research Division began consultation on…

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