BC Building Trades reports: Asbestos resolution from City of Vancouver

City of Vancouver joins call for mandatory certification and licensing of asbestos contractors Date:  Wednesday, June 29, 2016 The BC Building Trades Council and the BC Federation of Labour congratulate Vancouver City Council for passing a critical resolution calling on the province to implement mandatory certification and licensing of asbestos and hazardous material removal contractors. “Many…

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WorkSafeBC’s Current Financial State

Over the past few months some of our members have approached us asking whether or not some reduction in rates, or rebate from the current ‘surplus’, would be forthcoming given the favourable performance of WorkSafeBC’s investment portfolio. In response, we are pleased to offer our analysis of WorkSafeBC’s current financial state and our subsequent opinion.

Check out WorkSafeBC’s new Website!

Check out the new worksafebc.com! The new worksafebc.com is now live! Once you’ve had a chance to check out the new look online, you’ll notice their revamped website offers user-tested features and streamlined access to key resources — all designed to serve you better. Update your bookmarks Because they have rebuilt the site from the ground up, keep…

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Proposed Changes to Policy on Clothing Allowances

At their meeting on May 18, 2016, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper on clothing allowances, with options and a draft policy for stakeholder review and comment. Workers may sustain damage to clothing as a result of wearing a prosthetic or brace, or using a wheelchair. Current…

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Proposed Changes to Assessable Payroll Policies in the Assessment Manual

At their meeting on May 18, 2016, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of a discussion paper on Assessable Payroll with options and draft policies for stakeholder review and comment. Generally, an employer’s Assessable Payroll is the remuneration paid to all workers for work done. Premiums are calculated by multiplying an…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC ~ May 2016

Injury Type: Fractured vertebra Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2016-May ID Number: 2016178740004 A worker replacing a fascia board on a house fell from an extension ladder, landing on the ground about 22 feet below. Injury Type: Lacerations Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation…

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BC Safety Authority Campaign

In June, BC Safety Authority (BCSA) will be launching an advertising campaign to bring increased awareness to our compliance and enforcement activities. The campaign aims to inform those who own or perform work on regulated equipment of their responsibilities and the consequences of not meeting their safety and compliance obligations. Through this awareness effort, BCSA…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC ~ April & May 2016

Injury Type: Upper body injury, laceration Core Activity: Structural concrete forming Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2016-May ID Number: 2016117080007 A worker fell from a work platform and was injured. The work platform on which the worker was standing was not secured against separation from the supporting end-frame scaffold to which it was attached….

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Trench Work Safety

Trench work is a common activity in construction, but if trench stability is compromised, it can have deadly consequences. Installing adequate shoring is essential to preventing trench collapse and saving lives. See the WorkSafeBC blog – Prevent the collapse of trenches and save lives

2016 Guideline Updates – April

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…

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Employer Incident Investigation Report Submissions

WorkSafeBC is encouraging you to use their online portal (Employer Incident Investigation Report Submissions) for your incident investigation submissions – its quick, easy and secure.  There is also a new publication – Reference Guide for Employer Incident Investigations – designed to help you effectively prepare to investigate an incident at your workplace. Further, their preference is to have employers use their EIIR template,…

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Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule — 2016 Review

At their meeting on March 31, 2016, WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved the release of this discussion paper on the Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule (PDES) with options and draft policies to stakeholders for comment. The PDES is a guide set out in policy to assist in the calculation of permanent disability awards…

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Dr. Lstiburek Building Better Buildings Seminar ~ May 10th

Tuesday, May 10, 2016  |  8 AM – 5 PM Anvil Centre – Ballroom  |  777 Columbia Street, New Westminster *Earn 7.5 HPO CPD Points in One Day!* The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA), in partnership with presenting sponsor FortisBC, patron sponsor the Homeowner Protection Office, Branch of BC Housing, and Education Supporters BC…

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Pacific Region Security Clearance Workshops

On behalf of Public Works and Government Services Canada: Are you interested in supplying or subcontracting with the federal government? Have you had issues obtaining an appropriate security clearance? You’re invited to attend a free Security Clearance information session hosted by The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate. These sessions…

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Mobile crane failures: Why maintenance and inspections are critical

A new slideshow was just released on the WorkSafe BC website. Mobile crane failures: Why maintenance and inspections are critical  Watch here This slideshow describes two mobile crane failure incidents that resulted due to inadequate inspection and maintenance. One of the incidents resulted in the injury of two workers and a fatality. The description of the…

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Day of Mourning – April 28, 2016

On April 28, 2016, WorkSafeBC, the BC Federation of Labour, and the Business Council of British Columbia will co-host an annual Day of Mourning ceremony in downtown Vancouver at Jack Poole Plaza. Day of Mourning ceremonies have been held across the country ever since the Canadian Labour Congress initiated a national Day of Mourning ceremony…

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