WorkSafeBC warns of dangerous crane defect

Journal of Commerce  |  PROJECTS  |  by JOC NEWS SERVICES  |  Oct 11, 2016 VANCOUVER – WorkSafeBC is warning employers to make sure crane equipment is properly inspected after several close calls due to failing gearboxes. A tower crane operator had just finished hoisting formwork from the upper level of a concrete residential highrise to its…

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Recent Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC – September 2016

Injury Type: Temporary loss of consciousness; fractures, lacerations Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2016-Sep ID Number: 2016175290016 Framers were installing I-joists on the first floor of a new house. When they returned from a coffee break, they found a young worker lying…

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From Deficits to Possibilities

Safety Differently   |   27 September 2016   |   Daniel Hummerdal There is something disturbingly negative about safety. And I believe there are three main reasons for this. The first reason is that safety is connected to unwanted outcomes. When most people think about safety they think about (the need to prevent) incidents, illnesses, injuries, disasters,…

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More WorkSafe violations, fines for B.C. asbestos contractor

Vancouver Sun  |  JENNIFER SALTMAN  |  Published on: September 26, 2016  A Lower Mainland asbestos-removal contractor said he plans to continue fighting the almost $280,000 in penalties he has been ordered to pay after being found in contravention of health and safety rules. The fines, which were imposed on Seattle Environmental Consulting Ltd. in December…

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Recent Work Related Incidents Reported to WorkSafeBC – August 2016

Injury Type: Fatal Core Activity: Traffic control Location: Northern B.C. Date of Incident: 2016-Aug ID Number: 2016130750023 A traffic control person working at a municipal water main project was struck by a commercial vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. Injury Type: Broken leg Core Activity: Painting or wallpapering Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2016-Aug ID…

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OH&S Guideline Changes – July to September 2016

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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WorkSafeBC updates mobile crane safety checklist

Journal of Commerce  |  OH&S  |  by RICHARD GILBERT  |  Sep 7, 2016 WorkSafeBC recently updated its mobile crane safety checklist that was developed as a tool to help inspectors and operators ensure they are following all of the applicable Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations. “The crane inspection checklist is really an extension of the…

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Beginning The Second Century of Construction Safety in British Columbia

Developing a collaborative vision for future incident reduction activities An opportunity currently exists for the collaborative development of a strategic ‘road map’ for the relationship and future activities of the major construction industry associations, the British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance, and WorkSafeBC. The construction sector is faced with a new set of challenges in trying to understand…

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Industry Voices: Joint Health and Safety Committee evaluation tool too cumbersome

Journal of Commerce  |  OH&S  |  by DAVE BASPALY   |  Sep 5, 2016 WorkSafeBC is proposing a Joint Health and Safety Committee evaluation tool to assist employers in evaluating their Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) committees. This tool would have to be completed every year. Unfortunately, the proposed tool, in its current form, will get in…

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Public Hearings on Proposed Regulatory Changes – Additional Changes

There will be additional proposed changes regarding control of environmental tobacco smoke and e-cigarette vapour… The Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC approved public hearings to be held in September and October 2016. These hearings are with regard to the following proposed changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR), regarding the control of environmental…

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July 2016 Recent work related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Penetrating wound Core Activity: House or other wood frame contracting, construction, or renovation work Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2016-Jul ID Number: 2016173250045 A worker at a new multi-residential construction site was installing joist hangers with a pneumatic nail gun when a hanger nail was discharged into his body. Injury Type: Soft-tissue…

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Saskatchewan WCB refunds $281 million to employers despite labour criticism

Journal of Commerce   |   by RICHARD GILBERT    |   Aug 8, 2016 Construction contractors in Saskatchewan are applauding a decision by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) to refund a $281.5 million surplus to employers in 2016, but labour leaders want the funds invested into workplace safety initiatives. “We are definitely one of the proponents…

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Tower Crane Freefall Incident Bulletin

WorkSafeBC recently published a bulletin entitled Tower crane freefall incident: the importance of inspection and preventative maintenance on gear boxes, which is based on a near-miss lifting incident with a tower crane, whose rigging equipment suddenly fell to the ground without warning due to a broken gear in the gear box.  Content of the bulletin…

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Joint Health and Safety Committee Evaluation Tool

August 5, 2016 WorkSafeBC’s governing body, the Board of Directors, approved public hearings on proposed regulatory changes, including proposed changes regarding joint health and safety committees. One of the proposed new sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation relates to the annual evaluation of joint committees. In preparation for the anticipated regulatory change, WorkSafeBC…

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Public hearings on proposed regulatory changes — including proposed changes regarding joint health and safety committees

July 28, 2016 The Board of Directors of WorkSafeBC approved public hearings to be held in September and October 2016. These hearings are with regard to the following proposed changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR), including proposed changes regarding joint occupational health and safety committees (joint committees): New sections on joint committees…

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New videos: Sun Safety at Work

Outdoor workers are up to 3.5 times more likely than indoor workers to develop skin cancer and are at a higher risk of experincing heat stress. And of the 1.5 million outdoor workers in Canada, about 900,000 are outside at least six hours a day, often when UV radiation is strongest. Two new videos —…

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