Employers didn’t protect workers’ safety in fatal ammonia leak: WorkSafeBC

The Canadian Press   |  August 30, 2018 RICHMOND, B.C. – A refrigeration company and a municipality have been cited by WorkSafeBC under health and safety regulations after three workers died last year when they were exposed to ammonia at an arena in Fernie, B.C. The workplace safety agency released Wednesday (Aug. 29) its 74-page incident investigation…

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B.C. adopts 2018 edition of B.C. Building Code

Journal Of Commerce   |    News Service |   September 5, 2018 VICTORIA — The Province of British Columbia has adopted the 2018 edition of the British Columbia Building Code which includes Book II Plumbing Services (BC Building and Plumbing Code). The new BC Building and Plumbing Code will be effective as of Dec. 10 and applies…

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Safety Differently Reminder

It is going to be a busy Fall and Winter – Jeff Lyth has three events scheduled: November 1 & 2 2018 Culture Leadership Masterclass with Dr. Robert Long https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/culture-leadership-masterclass-with-dr-robert-long-tickets-48392474193   November 27 2018 i-HOP: An Introduction to Human and Organizational Performance with Dr. Todd Conklin https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/i-hop-an-introduction-to-human-organizational-performance-with-drtodd-conklin-tickets-47000706378   February 8 2019 Safety Differently: A ‘Principles…

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July 2018 Work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

August 9, 2018 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: Lower body injury Core Activity: Excavator operation Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2018-Jul ID Number: 2018178740007 An excavator operator (a young worker) exited the cab onto the…

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Chris Gardner: Horgan’s Building Trades deal not just discriminatory, it’s sloppy too

Vancouver Sun | CHRIS GARDNER | Updated: August 8, 2018 What’s worse than a discriminatory Project Labour Agreement paying off political favours and forcing unionization on the 85 per cent of construction workers who have chosen to organize themselves differently than the NDP and old-school Building Trades unions want? How about a sloppily written agreement that…

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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: Back and lower body injuries (1 worker) Core Activity: Excavation, or private landfill or transfer station operation Location: Northern B.C. Date of Incident: 2018-Jul ID Number: 2018179460066 A rubber-tracked mini-excavator was…

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Announcing Safety Differently Events

November 1 & 2, 2018 Culture Leadership Masterclass with Dr. Robert Long https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/culture-leadership-masterclass-with-dr-robert-long-tickets-48392474193   November 27, 2018 i-HOP: An Introduction to Human and Organizational Performance with Dr. Todd Conklin https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/i-hop-an-introduction-to-human-organizational-performance-with-drtodd-conklin-tickets-47000706378   February 8, 2019 Safety Differently: A ‘Principles and Practices’ Update with Dr. Sidney Dekker https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/safety-differently-a-principles-practices-update-with-drsidney-dekker-tickets-47001013296  

Industry Voices: Workplace safety improves in B.C.

Journal of Commerce | Dave Baspaly | July 27, 2018 WorkSafeBC (WSBC) has just released information on the preliminary assessment rates for B.C., together with data on the injury rate. There is excellent news for both workers and employers in this new information. The B.C. injury rate for all industries is at its lowest ever level —…

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Consultation on proposed amendments to OHS Regulation, Part 16 – Mobile Equipment

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to Part 16, Mobile Equipment, together with consequential amendments to nine other Parts, of 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 spring of…

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BC NDP announces Crown corporation to handle union-friendly construction

The Globe and Mail | WENDY STUECK  |  VANCOUVER  |  JULY 16, 2018 B.C. Premier John Horgan stands with apprentice ironworker Danielle Shaw during an announcement at the Ironworkers Training Facility at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, the same day the NDP government unveiled the Community Benefits Agreement. DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN…

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Independent contractors group claim new labour agreement will result in higher costs, delayed projects

The Globe and Mail  |  WENDY STUECK  |  VANCOUVER  |  JULY 17, 2018 A new B.C. Crown corporation is expected to track employment numbers and other benchmarks for major infrastructure projects in the province, including the number of apprenticeships in skilled trades and employment and training opportunities for groups typically underrepresented in the construction sector such as…

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New BC Crown corp to oversee labour for public infrastructure projects

by NEWS 1130 STAFF   Posted Jul 16, 2018 11:40 am PDT (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 photo) Benefits agreement says gov’t will prioritize local, Indigenous, when hiring for major projects Independent Contractors and Business Association concerned about Crown corp. model, workers potentially losing work BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – The B.C. government has created a new Crown Corporation to…

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Critics worry Horgan’s announcement will only benefit union members

News 1130 by JOHN ACKERMANN  |  Posted Jul 16, 2018 6:30 am PDT (Dave White, NEWS 1130 Photo) VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A major infrastructure announcement is expected today from the provincial government, and there is already criticism being leveled at Premier John Horgan. Rieghard van Enter with the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada worries only union…

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