Culture, regulation and education drive Canadian safety evolution

Journal of Commerce | OH&S | by DON PROCTER  | May 22, 2017 In 1886, the Workmen’s Compensation for Injuries Act passed in Ontario was the first compensation act for employees in Canada. It made it possible for workers to take legal action against employers. While working conditions had improved significantly several decades later in many industries, it was the…

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13 Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

There were 13 changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (the Regulation) that took effect May 1, 2017. Generally, they include changes to streamline, clarify, and update specific regulations, but some sections, such as the ones pertaining to silica and lead, have been significantly expanded. Changes that are relevant to construction include the following: Silica…

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Betty Spalton Scholarship

The Betty Spalton Trust Fund was established in 1999 to provide financial support to individuals obtaining educations in the fields associated with the road building and heavy construction industries.  As one of the goals of this fund is to encourage diversity in the industry, preference is given to females and/or members of minority groups.  The…

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Cone Zone snags work zone speeders

Journal of Commerce | OH&S | by JOC NEWS SERVICE  | May 16, 2017 VANCOUVER, B.C. – This month the Vancouver Police Department is partnering with the Work Zone Safety Alliance and WorkSafeBC to kick off the seventh annual B.C. Cone Zone Campaign with an enforcement blitz at a roadside worksite on Burrard Street in Vancouver. Last year, one roadside…

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April 2017 Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC – Construction

Injury Type: Multiple fractures, internal injury Core Activity: Site surface preparation Location: Interior B.C. Date of Incident: 2017-Apr ID Number: 2017178260005 A worker was operating a single-drum, padfoot, vibratory soil compactor at a construction site. While compacting fill in the reverse direction, the worker experienced a medical event and fell from the operator’s seat to…

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Drivers cautioned about worker safety as Vancouver road construction set for 25 per cent uptick

Vancouver Sun | PATRICK JOHNSTON | Published on: May 14, 2017 Commuters take note: Monday morning Vancouver cops will be on the look-out more than ever for drivers breaking the law around a downtown road construction site. WorkSafe BC estimates the coming months will see 25 per cent more road work than the same period last year and…

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VRCA leadership forum discusses weed in the workplace

Journal of Commerce | ASSOCIATIONS | by RUSSELL HIXSON | May 8, 2017 With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promising to legalize recreational marijuana use by next year, many employers are curious how they will deal with the issue among their workforce. While much of the legislation and specifics around what constitutes impairment is up in the air, a panel at the…

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Safety culture a bigger factor than union or non-union label

Journal of Commerce | OH&S | by JEAN SORENSEN | May 9, 2017 Onsite safety culture, rather than union or non-union culture, is more of a determinate of incident and fatality rates, state several industry stakeholders who have worked in safety roles. Mike McKenna, executive director of the BC Construction Safety Alliance, said he had not seen conclusive data that indicated…

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Continue strong stance against asbestos

Journal of Commerce | OH&S | by RUSSELL HIXSON | May 3, 2017 Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna announced that the federal government will fully support the listing of chrysotile asbestos to the Rotterdam Convention and will advocate for it at the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Geneva. The government supports the objective of…

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ICBA’s vision and core values won’t change: Gardner

Journal of Commerce | ASSOCIATIONS | by SHANNON MONEO | Apr 24, 2017 The new president of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) may have big boots to “Phil,” but Chris Gardner’s varied career should serve him well. In January, Gardner took the helm at the ICBA from Phil Hochstein who spent three decades with the association, becoming its strong…

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Time for ICBA change right: Hochstein

Journal of Commerce | ASSOCIATIONS | by SHANNON MONEO | Apr 24, 2017 After 30 years with B.C.’s Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA), Phil Hochstein decided to step down as president after seeing several of his peers were doing the same. B.C. construction association contemporaries such as Jack Davidson, Greg Baynton and Manley McLachlan made 2016 their exit year, heralding…

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VRCA Leadership Forum to tackle fatigue, marijuana

Journal of Commerce | ASSOCIATIONS | by JOC NEWS SERVICE | Apr 24, 2017 WHISTLER, B.C. The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) is hosting its annual Construction Leadership Forum at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on May 5 and 6, with this year’s theme looking towards Building Tomorrow’s Leaders. The event will kick off with a keynote presentation from John Furlong,…

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BCFED calls for criminal charges after worker death

Journal of Commerce | LABOUR | by RUSSELL HIXSON | Apr 12, 2017 The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) is demanding answers about the fine assessed against a Vancouver property development firm whose violations of health and safety rules were cited as factors in the death of a Kamloops construction worker in 2015. BCFED called the fine “paltry” and criticized officials…

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Joint Health and Safety Committee Changes – April 3, 2017

Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relating to joint health and safety committees took effect April 3, 2017. These changes include: Amendments to the mandatory minimum training requirements for health and safety committee members and worker health and safety representatives Mandatory annual evaluation of joint committee effectiveness Clarification of what participation by employer…

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Government to direct the creation of a policy for return of WorkSafeBC funds

On March 29, 2017, the provincial government announced proposed amendments to the Workers Compensation Act.  This amendment will establish a new policy requiring WorkSafeBC to return funds to employers when they have a surplus of contributions from employers in the Accident Fund. As the enclosed news release outlines, the amendment will not affect the benefits…

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BCCSA’s silica mitigation app nears finish line

Journal of Commerce | ASSOCIATIONS  |  by WARREN FREY |  Mar 22, 2017 A new silica mitigation app is almost ready for prime time. Members of the Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) Civil Infrastructure Council (CIC) were given a demonstration of the British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance’s (BCCSA) mobile silica exposure mitigation application on March 18. The application will…

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