Budget 2020

VICTORIA – Budget 2020 moves British Columbia forward by building the infrastructure the growing province needs, supporting thousands of new jobs, strengthening investments in health and education, and making life more affordable for everyone. “From new roads, hospitals, housing, schools and child care centres to better, more affordable services in every community, we’re seeing fundamental…

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Court dismisses CBA challenge but coalition vows to keep fighting

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | February 10, 2020 he B.C. Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the provincial government’s community benefits framework (CBA) by a coalition of construction associations, unions, businesses and individuals. On Feb 3. The court ruled the case should go before the Labour Relations Board (LRB), while the coalition insists…

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‘Strata market in crisis’: Some B.C. condo buildings unable to buy insurance

Condo Association director knows of 11 B.C. stratas currently unable to secure building insurance. In a normal year, he said, there wouldn’t be any stratas in that situation. Vancouver Sun | DAN FUMANO | Updated: February 14, 2020 More B.C. stratas are reporting unpleasant surprises when they try to renew their condo insurance, with some facing shocking…

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January 2020 work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

Incident summaries are based on information obtained as soon as possible after the incidents: they are preliminary and subject to change. Details have been edited to protect workers’ privacy. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Close call Core Activity: Excavation operation / Gas utilities Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2020-Jan While excavating to expose electrical services, an excavator…

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Safety Differently Events

March 23: FRAM with Erik Hollnagel (2 days) Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/functional-resonance-analysis-method-fram-workshop-with-erik-hollnagel-tickets-82279266501 Background: http://functionalresonance.com/onewebmedia/Manual%20ds%201.docx.pdf March 25: Learning from Accidents: The Costa Concordia Case with Nippin Anand (1 day) Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/learning-from-accidents-the-costa-concordia-case-with-dr-nippin-anand-tickets-82295553215 Background: https://novellus.solutions/learning-from-accidents/ March 26: RAG with Erik Hollnagel (2 days) Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/resilience-assessment-grid-rag-workshop-with-erik-hollnagel-tickets-82296034655 Background: https://erikhollnagel.com/onewebmedia/RAG%20Outline%20V2.pdf May 19: HOP Hub Vancouver with Todd Conklin and Friends (3 days) Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hop-hub-vancouver-tickets-92968785139 Background: https://www.hophub.org/ April 6: The 3rd Annual…

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B.C. Supreme Court dismisses anti-CBA coalition challenge

DCN-JOC News Services | February 3, 2020 VANCOUVER – The B.C. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to the provincial government’s community benefit agreements (CBA) framework initiated by a coalition opposed to the policy. A coalition made up of the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA), the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), the Independent Contractors and…

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B.C. Supreme Court hears CBA legal challenge

VRCA | Date Posted : Feb 3, 2020 VANCOUVER – The Supreme Court of British Columbia began hearing arguments Feb. 3 from a coalition of the province’s largest construction associations and progressive unions that contend the NDP government’s labour framework for building public infrastructure projects violates the rights of 85 per cent of B.C.’s construction…

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Consequential amendments to the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II

The Workers Compensation Act (Act) has been revised as part of a standard statute revision process under the Statute Revision Act. The editorial changes to language, and renumbering of sections, parts, and divisions of the Act, come into effect on April 6, 2020. At issue are the consequential revisions required for the policies in the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual,…

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B.C. pump operator certification looks for global reach

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | January 29, 2020 A B.C. safety association is working to keep concrete pump operators safe at a global level. British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) program manager Ammar Kavazovic and Great Northern Management Consultants president Charles Kelly presented “How Will the BC Operator Certification Program Affect You?” at the…

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Mental health: The new frontier of workplace safety

Journal of Commerce | Peter Caulfield | January 31, 2020 Earlier this month (January), the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) held a well-attended two-day workshop called Mental Health First Aid. Like first aid for a physical injury, mental health first aid (MHFA) gives the sufferer immediate help until the crisis is over, or until he or…

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January 2020 work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

Incident summaries are based on information obtained as soon as possible after the incidents: they are preliminary and subject to change. Details have been edited to protect workers’ privacy. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Lower body fracture Core Activity: Deck, railing, or fence installation Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2020-Jan A worker using a lifeline fell two…

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Industry Special: First in Canada, BCCSA’s new online course for working with asbestos planned for mid-year launch

Journal of Commerce | BCCSA | January 27, 2020 Despite bans on the use of asbestos in construction, asbestos remains the leading cause of work-related deaths in British Columbia. That’s because legacy asbestos lingers and because asbestos-related conditions can take years to develop. As WorkSafe BC considers avenues to address the issue, BCCSA is taking a…

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WorkSafeBC to focus on crane safety in 2020

Journal of Commerce | Grant Cameron | January 22, 2020 WorkSafeBC has a number of initiatives planned in 2020 to ensure the estimated 300 tower cranes operating in the province are in proper working order and will not pose a danger to workers or the public. This year, a five-member provincial crane inspection team will focus…

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JOC Sponsored Content: CSA Group’s infection control training for health care facility construction, renovation, and maintenance projects

Journal of Commerce | CSA Group | January 13, 2020 Construction, renovation, and maintenance of health care facilities bring specific risks associated with potentially fatal infection and illness. Preventing and controlling infection while these activities take place requires the implementation and support of preventive measures intended to protect patients, staff, and visitors from potential harm. Focusing…

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Alberta cuts health and safety committee requirements

Journal of Commerce News Service | December 23, 2019 EDMONTON, ALTA. – The Alberta government has announced it will do away with the requirement for health and safety committees at multiple worksites for some industries. The move has received praise from the Alberta Construction Association (ACA) which stated that joint committees have not shown improvement in…

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B.C. leaders pick top stories of 2019

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | December 30, 2019 It was another major year of news in construction and industry leaders in the west have chimed in with what they feel were the biggest news topics of 2019. “The major story is the skilled worker shortage, an abundance of major projects, and the need for…

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