Bill 23 passes into law

On Friday, August 14, Bill 23 received royal assent. The new legislation, which introduces changes to the Workers Compensation Act (the Act), contains 34 provisions that include housekeeping amendments and changes relating to compensation, assessment, and occupational health and safety matters.  Those changes include the following, effective immediately: Preventative health care may be provided on pending claims, if medical evidence supports that…

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Vaughn Palmer: Site C dam has a huge problem — and it’s not COVID-19

OPINION: A major geological problem could mean expensive additional foundation work for the dam and powerhouse at the Site C project. Vaughn Palmer | Aug 01, 2020  | Vancouver Sun VICTORIA — The New Democrats tried Friday to blame the pandemic for the latest budget and scheduling setbacks at B.C. Hydro’s troubled Site C hydroelectric project.  But…

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BC Hydro says pandemic hits Site C project, expect delays, cost increases

The Canadian Press | July 31, 2020 VICTORIA — British Columbia’s massive Site C hydroelectric dam project has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and now faces construction delays and rising costs. BC Hydro president Chris O’Riley says in a quarterly update submitted to the B.C. Utilities Commission that the pandemic has had a material impact on…

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BCCSA to strengthen silica safety tool

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | August 3, 2020 The BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) plans to use this summer to bolster its innovative digital silica management tool.  The online tool was developed by the BCCSA in partnership with WorkSafeBC and the University of B.C. (UBC). It enables employers to analyze silica exposure levels in…

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COVID-19: WorkSafeBC has issued 420 orders for pandemic-related violations

The majority of complaints were from the service sector including hotels, restaurants, hospitals, schools, gyms and hair salons. Tiffany Crawford | Aug 07, 2020 | Vancouver Sun WorkSafeBC says 420 COVID-19-related work violation orders have been issued to businesses since the provincial state of emergency was declared in mid-March. The agency has received 2,507 reports of…

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WorkSafeBC announces new residential construction resources

DCN-JOC News Services | August 5, 2020 | Journal of Commerce VANCOUVER — WorkSafeBC has announced updates to its health and safety materials for residential construction. The new material includes a publication titled, Safe Work Practices for Residential Construction, and a Notice of Project (NOP) postcard. The new publication focuses on the planning, site preparation and…

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WorkSafe Magazine advance copy: Putting the COVID-19 Safety Plan into action

A message from Al Johnson, Head of Prevention Services, WorkSafeBC: With Phase 3 of the province’s Restart Plan well underway, I’d like to provide you with an update on our work to-date and what you can expect going forward. Prevention Services and COVID-19 Our Prevention Services division has now conducted more than 2,000 stakeholder consultations and 13,000…

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Safe Work Practices in Residential Construction

Last week WorkSafeBC launched a new publication, ‘Safe Work Practices in Residential Construction’, which is intended to assist those in the residential construction industry to promote safer workplaces. It also marked the beginning of a provincial initiative to create partnerships with associations and other jurisdictions to raise awareness about the requirement to submit a ‘Notice…

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WCB presumption decision a step forward; time will tell if it’s a big one — BCFED

For information only and not an endorsement – this information is shared to ensure members have the context and understanding of current issues that impact the Construction Industry. BC Federation of Labour | July 24, 2020 | News Release (Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)’s decision to presume COVID-19-related claims are workplace-related is a…

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WorkSafeBC Policy, Regulation and Research Division Announcement

Dear Stakeholders:  The Policy, Regulation and Research Division would like to thank you all for your submissions on the proposal to add Infections Caused by Communicable Viral Pathogens, Including COVID-19, to Schedule 1 of the Workers Compensation Act (Act). The stakeholder feedback received by the Board of Directors informed its decision-making on the policy changes. Please click here…

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

WorkSafeBC News On July 22, 2020, our Board of Directors approved amendments to Schedule 1 of the Workers Compensation Act (Act) to add a presumption for infections caused by communicable viral pathogens, which are the subject of a B.C.-specific emergency declaration or notice. Consequential amendments were also made to Item C4-28.00, Contagious Diseases, and Appendix 2…

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Construction sector split on Workers’ Compensation changes in B.C.

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | July 22, 2020 B.C. trade unions are praising proposed changes to the province’s Workers’ Compensation system, which they say restores balance with compromises the whole industry can live with. But many employer groups disagree, calling the changes poorly thought out and badly timed.  “I think the system was skewed…

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