Construction work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC – June/July 2014

CONSTRUCTION Injury Type: Puncture wounds to leg Core Activity: Framing or residential forming Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2014-Jul ID Number: 2014110750110 While using a nail gun, a worker discharged two nails into his leg.   Injury Type: Head laceration Core Activity: House framing Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2014-Jul ID Number:…

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Professional Development Opportunity – A Day with Sidney Dekker

What:  Safety:  A bureaucratic responsibility up, or an ethical responsibility down? When:  Friday, September 19, 2014 ~ 8 am to 4 pm Where:  Vancouver Convention Centre West Hosted by  The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Lower Mainland Chapter… Register Online here. TOPICS COVERED  A case example to think about safety, justice, trust and culture What…

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Changes to OHS Regulation – June 24, 2014

Many sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Workers Compensation Act (“Act“) have associated guidelines. Guidelines are intended to assist with providing ways of complying with the legislation, not to provide exclusive interpretations. Guidelines generally provide information on administrative matters and on technical matters not already addressed by policy. Periodically, guidelines are updated and new ones added….

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New WorkSafeBC Investigation Reports – Construction

WorkSafeBC has posted reports that are intended to help employers and workers understand the causes and underlying factors that contribute to workplace accidents.  This information may help you prevent similar accidents in your workplace. Worker struck as utility pole is lifted onto truck – December 2012 Two workers suffered serious electrical burns in contact with high-voltage conductor –…

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WorkSafeBC Review and Action Plan Report Released

On April 14, 2014, the Minister of Labour, the Honourable Shirley Bond, announced that the chair and board of WorkSafeBC agreed to appoint Gordon Macatee as Administrator of WorkSafeBC in order to drive an agenda of change. The focus of the Report is on Occupational Health & Safety inspections and investigations. The Macatee Report is…

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Vancouver Sun on WorkSafeBC and Preparing Cases for Court

WorkSafeBC has little recent experience preparing cases for court  Agency has been under criticism for bungled sawmill explosion investigations By Gord Hoekstra ~ July 3, 2014 WorkSafeBC has successfully laid regulatory charges in court in only three workplace safety cases since 1999, The Vancouver Sun has learned. It is a marked departure from a five-year period in…

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VRCA Dinner Boat Cruise – July 17th

On July 17th, VRCA will be hosting our Dinner Boat Cruise with the opportunity to network and enjoy a great dinner with a great view.   The fabulous Queen of Diamonds ship will set sail from the Plaza of Nations Marina on Thursday, July 17 at 4pm sharp (boarding will start at 3:00pm).   VRCA is offering COCA tickets for a member rate.  To register,…

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Cost Relief for Certain Compensable Consequences

When a worker is compensated for a compensable injury, he or she may also be compensated for a number of the consequences that flow from it.  The policy identifies several types of consequential incidents that may not be so clearly connected to the employment-related injury, but which are still considered compensable.  The policy also provides…

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Compensation of Principals – Shareholder Dividends – Comment by Sept 5, 2014

Principals of limited companies may receive all or a portion of their remuneration as dividends instead of wages. Currently, dividends paid to active principals are included in an employer’s assessable payroll as well as in the calculation of a principal’s average earnings. However, effective January 1, 2015, dividends paid to active principals will no longer…

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Asbestos: Be Aware Enforcement Initiative

From March 17 to December 31, 2014, WorkSafeBC prevention officers will conduct planned inspections of single-family demolition worksites to ensure homeowners, prime contractors, hazardous material survey contractors, asbestos abatement contractors, and consultants are informed and equipped to safely remove asbestos containing materials and are complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. For more information,…

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Chapter 10 Policies Amended

On March 19, 2014, the Board of Directors approved amendments to the health care entitlement policies in Chapter 10 (Medical Assistance) of the Rehabilitation Services & Claims Manual, Volume II. These new policies will: Clarify the roles and responsibilities of health care providers, workers, employers, and WorkSafeBC regarding the provision of health care benefits to injured…

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May 2014 Incident Reports

Injury: Injuries to lower legs Industry: Construction Core Activity: Power line service Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2014-MayA power-line technician (a young worker) was operating a vehicle-mounted work platform (bucket truck), extending and re-energizing overhead low-voltage secondary lines (240 volts). A spark ignited a fire in the hydraulic control area of the elevated bucket, forcing the worker to jump…

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WorkSafe BC Pre-Consultation ~ Lead ~ Call for Support

COCA is looking for members to attend the upcoming WorkSafeBC pre-consultation session concerning lead during removal projects.  We are specifically looking for individuals that have expertise in this area to add context that may support the development of a more effective regulation. The details are as follows: Part 6, sections 6.59 to 6.68, handling lead during large removal…

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Labour, industry agree no need to change WorkSafeBC enforcement model…

Labour, industry agree no need to change WorkSafeBC enforcement model Special administrator examining systems in other jurisdictions BY GORD HOEKSTRA, VANCOUVER SUN ~ MAY 29, 2014 When provincial Labour Minister Shirley Bond apologized recently after Crown counsel rejected charges in the deadly 2012 Lakeland Mills sawmill explosion, she promised improvements in safety enforcement and better execution…

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Refocusing the ITA

Our government committed to a complete review of the Industry Training Authority (ITA) as the Crown Corporation responsible for leading B.C.’s trades training system. That review, conducted by Jessica McDonald, is complete and has now been released. Consultations were conducted with trades training stakeholders throughout the fall of 2013 and the final report was submitted…

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May 9, 2014 OH&S Guideline Changes

Many sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Workers Compensation Act (“Act“) have associated guidelines. Guidelines are intended to assist with providing ways of complying with the legislation, not to provide exclusive interpretations. Guidelines generally provide information on administrative matters and on technical matters not already addressed by policy. Periodically, guidelines are updated and new ones added….

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Construction Related Injuries to May 13, 2014

CONSTRUCTION Injury Type: Broken leg Core Activity: Wood frame construction Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2014-Apr ID Number: 2014166920051 A worker fell about 20 feet to grade from a second-storey balcony when the guardrail he was leaning against failed. Injury Type: Concussion (1 worker); head laceration and soft-tissue injury to upper body (1 worker)…

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