On the Air with The Construction Record: Silica tool a game changer on jobsites

JOC News Service | January 3, 2018 The Construction Record, Canada’s only regularly running construction industry podcast, spoke to British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance executive director Mike McKenna and Mierau Contractors Ltd. president Kevin Mierau about a new online tool for quantifying silica levels on worksites and its application both in British Columbia and across the country….

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Update on COR (Certificate of Recognition or Partners’ Program) from the Employer’s Forum

Further to our meeting on December 7th and notices shared this past week, we are sharing  update written by Dave Earle, The Employers’ Forum’s Past President, who has been intimately involved in the review and who sits at the COCA table.  His report: Members will undoubtedly have questions around WSBC’s consultation on the COR program….

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Respond to WorkSafeBC on COR by Friday December 15th

As you are well aware, a draft policy for the Health & Safety Management Program (Certificate of Recognition) went out for public consultation earlier this year.  WorkSafeBC has been developing draft practices throughout the year and have been engaged with a small working group of three employer representatives and three labour representatives since July to…

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WorkSafeBC releases ladder safety videos

Journal Of Commerce |  News Service | December 6, 2017 VANCOUVER — WorkSafeBC is reminding workers how to properly use ladders with a new series of safety videos. The six videos remind workers, employers and homeowners how to use ladders safely, both on the job and at home while setting up Christmas decorations. WorkSafeBC statistics show that…

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New WSBC Chair and Directors

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s Minister of Labour Harry Bains has appointed five members to WorkSafeBC’s board of directors. Ralph McGinn is the new board chair, and Lee Loftus, Baltej Dhillon and Kay Teschke are new board members effective immediately. Margaret McNeil, a current board member whose term ended on Dec. 1, has been reappointed for…

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October 2017 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Burning eyes, sore throat (2 workers) Core Activity: Plumbing, heating, vent, residential air conditioning, or central vacuum system installation or repair Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2017-Nov ID Number: 2017182820003 Two workers were conducting maintenance work on a sprinkler system valve in a condominium’s sprinkler mechanical room. Sodium hypochlorite and hydrochloric acid…

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Alberta looks to completely revamp workplace safety rules with Bill 30

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | November 30, 2017 A new bill Alberta is looking to pass could massively overhaul the province’s workplace health and safety systems and rules. According to Alberta officials, Bill 30 would modernize the current system by improving safety, supporting injured workers and increasing employee participation. However, the bill as well as…

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Formwork Safety Bulletins

Drop head slab formwork systems are becoming more prevalent in B.C.’s construction industry. When working with drop head formwork systems, construction workers and supervisors must understand the differences between backshoring and reshoring; failure to understand the differences could create a life-threatening hazard to workers.   Two new WorkSafeBC construction safety bulletins have been created to…

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Consultation on the 2018–2020 Policy Workplans

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division has prepared draft 2018–2020 workplans for stakeholder review and comment. These workplans will encompass policy priorities relating to compensation, occupational disease, assessments and occupational health and safety. Stakeholders are invited to review the discussion paper and proposed workplans, and to provide feedback by December 14, 2017. The discussion paper,…

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Technical Safety BC Proposed Changes to Elevating Devices Regulations

Technical Safety BC (formerly BC Safety Authority) is proposing changes that would affect the elevating devices industry and owners and managers of buildings with elevating devices. They are proposing that: The 2016 edition of the ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators be adopted into the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation, including: Requiring a…

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September 2017 Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Close call Core Activity: Excavation, or private landfill or transfer station operation Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2017-Sep ID Number: 2017173340009 A dump truck with a tandem trailer attached was parked. When the trailer assembly was detached from it, the dump truck rolled down an 8 percent grade for a distance…

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Homeowner Asbestos Awareness Campaign: Phase 2

Phase two of WorkSafeBC’s homeowner campaign begins October 16.  Last year’s outreach resulted in 26 million impressions during the 6 week campaign and 52 percent of homeowners in B.C. recalled seeing it (an average campaign has about 26 percent recall so the campaign had great recognition). WorkSafeBC recognizes that in order for this important message…

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Board of Directors approves revised application statement for the Occupational Health and Safety Penalty Amounts Policy (D12-196-6)

On October 18, 2017, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors (BOD) approved amendments to the application statement of the previously approved policy amendment for the Occupational Health and Safety Penalty Amounts Policy (D12-196-6). These policy changes in the Prevention Manual were originally approved by the Board of Directors on June 28, 2017. The Board of Directors has…

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Proposed policy amendments regarding prior shoulder dislocations

At their meeting on September 18, 2017, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved the release of a discussion paper with options, a narrative review of the scientific literature, and proposed policy amendments to stakeholders for comment. Policy on prior shoulder dislocations is longstanding. The scientific basis of the policy had been identified as requiring scientific review….

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Industry Voices: WorkSafeBC preliminary assessment rates for construction

Journal of Commerce | ASSOCIATIONS | by COCA | Oct 16, 2017 The preliminary assessment rates for 2018 have been announced by WorkSafeBC. The rates are described as preliminary because they have not yet been approved by the WorkSafeBC Board of Directors. This approval is expected by November. In most cases, the preliminary rates have historically become the final…

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Industry, government slam Energy East project failure

Journal of Commerce | RESOURCE | by RUSSELL HIXSON |mnOct 11, 2017 Disappointed. It’s the word many in the construction and oil industries are using to sum up their feelings upon hearing TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline will not proceed. On Oct. 5, TransCanada said it would no longer be proceeding with its proposed Energy East Pipeline and Eastern…

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