WorkSafeBC said ‘no changes’ to COR program in 2018

Journal of Commerce |  OH&S | Peter Caulfield | March 26, 2018 WorkSafeBC (WSBC), which is a partner in the Partners in Injury and Disability Prevention Program, otherwise known as the Certificate of Recognition (COR), has been undertaking consultations for new policy and practice directives for the program. Despite rumours of possible changes, the construction industry should not…

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February Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

These summaries of selected work-related incidents recently reported to WorkSafeBC may help you to prevent similar incidents. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Close call Core Activity: Road construction Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Mar ID Number: 2018180940006 While conducting road work, a loader/backhoe made contact with an underground 14 kV primary conduit. Injury…

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2018 Day of Mourning

Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning. Every year workers, families, employers, and communities come together at ceremonies held around the province to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational disease, and renew our commitment to creating healthy and safe workplaces. Visit http://www.dayofmourning.bc.ca/ for more information on…

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Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The consultation phase provides stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback prior to the proposed amendments being taken to public hearing in fall of 2018. Feedback will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Proposed…

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Reducing Risk of Pentane Gas Fires and Explosions

WorkSafeBC recently published a new safety bulletin about reducing the risk of pentane gas fires and explosions. Expanded polystyrene is a synthetic foam material that has a wide range of uses in many industries. Some of its applications include insulation in buildings (especially cold storage buildings), piping, concrete formwork, and wine tanks; wharf and float…

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February 2018 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Puncture wound to leg Core Activity: Framing or residential forming Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Feb ID Number: 2018184480001 A worker infilling an elevator core wall inadvertently discharged a nail gun into his leg. Injury Type: Upper body fracture, suspected head injury Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date…

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Occupational Disease Symposium – April 19, 2018

In partnership with WorkSafeBC, please join BCCSA on Thursday, April 19th at Trev Deeley Motorcycles for their Occupational Disease Symposium for a full day of learning from industry professionals on a variety of topics, including: Asbestos, Sun, Lead and more. Full- buffet breakfast and lunch will be provided along with a tradeshow in the main…

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It’s time to strategize for Prompt Payment BC

It’s time to strategize for Prompt Payment BC Timely cash flow throughout the construction payment chain is fundamental to a healthy construction industry. Delay in payments anywhere in the supply chain reduces profit and restricts innovation and investment in plant, machinery and people. It also increases the cost to finance company operations and drives up…

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Consultation on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The consultation phase provides stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback prior to the proposed amendments being taken to public hearing in 2018. The proposed regulatory amendment packages under review are: Part 8, Personal Protective Clothing and…

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WorkSafeBC releases three-year strategy to reduce serious injuries in the construction sector

Richmond, B.C. (Feb. 7, 2018) — WorkSafeBC has released a new three-year plan to help employers reduce serious injuries in the construction sector. The 2018-2020Construction High-Risk Strategy is designed to prevent unsafe acts or conditions that cause workplace injuries and fatalities.   “The serious injury rate in the construction sector is much higher than in…

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WorkSafeBC releases three-year construction sector injury reduction strategy

JOC News Service ~ February 8, 2018 RICHMOND, B.C. – WorkSafeBC has released a new three-year plan to help employers reduce serious injuries in the construction sector. Titled the 2018-2020 Construction High Risk Strategy, the plan focuses on health and safety responsibilities, tools, equipment and processes, and partnership and collaboration. WorkSafeBC officers will conduct workplace inspections focused…

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Workers reminded of avalanche risks from WorkSafeBC

JOC News Service ~ February 8, 2018 RICHMOND, B.C.  – WorkSafeBC is warning employers in primary-resource industries to identify, assess and mitigate avalanche risk. Primary resource industries include forestry, pipeline construction, oil and gas, forestry, highway maintenance and mining. The organization implored those industries with worksites in avalanche terrain to improve prevention efforts and risk awareness, and…

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Alberta OHS legislation expands options for creative sentencing

Jean Sorensen ~ February 7, 2018 This two-part series will examine how changes to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act have established new sentencing mechanisms that move away from the traditional punitive model to a form of “restorative justice.” Alberta has updated its Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act to push forward more creative sentencing options to…

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Recent Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Multiple injuries Core Activity: Structural concrete forming Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Jan ID Number: 2018178110001 A young worker was using an aluminum ladder to access a column form for rigging purposes. The worker fell about 4 feet to the concrete slab below. Injury Type: Lower body fracture Core Activity: House or…

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New Regulation and Guidelines

Storage Racks An amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, governing the use of storage racks, came into effect on January 1, 2018. A corresponding guideline is also available. CPI adjustments to the Act and policies Dollar amounts in the Workers Compensation Act were adjusted to reflect the consumer price index (CPI). Penalty amounts…

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2018 High Risk Strategy

The Construction High Risk Strategy (HRS) is designed to reduce the construction industry’s serious injury rate through risk-reduction tactics focused on health and safety responsibilities specific to planning and supervision and high-risk work activities. The 2018-2020 Construction HRS is focused on three areas: Health and safety responsibilities — Planning and supervision Officers will conduct workplace…

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Bentall construction tragedy remembered as work-related injuries up in 2016 over previous year

GORDON HOEKSTRA | Vancouver Sun | January 8, 2018 Friends, family and dignitaries pay tribute to four construction workers at the Burrard Street SkyTrain Station in Vancouver on Jan. 8. The men died Jan. 7, 1981, from a fall from the 36th floor of the Bentall IV tower.ARLEN REDEKOP / PNG The family comes every year to remember the…

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