Survey – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Ministry of Labour is inviting you to participate in a survey on how workplaces and businesses can commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30th) each year, including whether B.C. should establish a new employer-paid statutory holiday starting in 2023. That National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a federal statutory holiday which commemorates…

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WorkSafeBC 2021-2023 Construction High Risk Strategy 

WorkSafeBC is reaching out to external stakeholder groups for feedback about their high risk strategies and initiatives.  Your feedback is important as WorkSafeBC continues to engage employers and workers in their goal to reduce the high volume of claims and prevent serious and fatal injuries in the construction industry. Background WorkSafeBC 2021-2023 Construction High Risk…

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Industry Special: High-angle crane rescue in White Rock, B.C. goes off without a hitch

Journal of Commerce | ConstructConnect™ Media | August 3, 2022 Construction worker retrieved by THARRP-trained fire department crews The recent rescue of a crane operator at a White Rock, B.C. construction site by local firefighters demonstrated what the Technical High Angle Rope Rescue Program (THARRP) is all about: prepare and train for every possible situation, then…

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Licensing of Asbestos Abatement Contractors

The provincial government has amended the Workers Compensation Act to establish requirements that asbestos abatement contractors must be licensed to operate in British Columbia, and that workers and employers who perform this work must complete mandatory safety training and certification. WorkSafeBC will be responsible for implementing these requirements and wants to ensure workers, employers, and other stakeholders…

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Industry Perspectives Op-Ed: Where are the community benefits the Horgan government promised?

Journal of Commerce | Paul de Jong | July 11, 2022 Back in the summer of 2018, B.C.’s John Horgan government announced a “landmark” agreement for key public infrastructure projects. The premier claimed this new framework would deliver all kinds of benefits for the province’s skilled tradespeople. Now, four years later, it seems reasonable to ask,…

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First anniversary of Kelowna, B.C., crane collapse marked by memorial, investigations

The Canadian Press | July 12, 2022 KELOWNA, B.C. – RCMP in Kelowna, B.C., have released a statement marking the first anniversary of a deadly construction crane collapse in that city. The statement says the detachment is “actively investigating” the July 12, 2021, collapse that killed five people, including four workers and a man who was in a…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

June 23, 2022 Construction incident summaries are based on information obtained as soon as possible after the incidents: they are preliminary and subject to change. Details have been edited to protect workers’ privacy. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Lacerated arm, undetermined injuries (1 worker) Core Activity: Renovation work – exterior industrial, commercial, industrial, or highrise residential Location: Lower…

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Upcoming WorkSafeBC Rate Sessions

You are invited to attend one of WorkSafeBC’s virtual rate consultation sessions Join WorkSafeBC, and other B.C. employers, to learn more about WorkSafeBC’s preliminary assessment premium rates for 2023, and what you can do to reduce injuries, claim costs, and your premium rate.  The virtual rate consultation sessions take place on July 18 and 20….

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Assurance in Writing – 30M33

The revised 30M33 form is live and available online. Improved Form 30M33 now available This month, WorkSafeBC is taking a step toward better protecting workers working near energized high-voltage electrical equipment or conductors. We’ve launched a revised version of the Assurance of Compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, Part 19 (Form 30M33). The purpose of…

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ICBA’s Gardner warns there’s a ‘tsunami of mental wellness challenges’ coming

Journal of Commerce | Grant Cameron | June 22, 2022 The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health and substance abuse challenges in construction and the industry must make it easier for workers to speak up if they are struggling and need help. That was the message from Chris Gardner, president of the Vancouver-based Independent Contractors and…

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B.C. construction boss jailed and company fined $25K over repeated workplace safety issues

Dalwinder Singh Kandola and G & D Construction Ltd. sentenced for violations of 2017 court order Bethany Lindsay · CBC News · Posted: Jun 10, 2022 4:00 AM PT The director of a Metro Vancouver construction company is headed to jail after repeated workplace safety violations in defiance of a court injunction. Dalwinder Singh Kandola and G & D…

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Apprenticeship Service Funding Announcement at National Apprenticeship Conference in Halifax

Halifax, NS – May 30, 2022 – The launch of the Apprenticeship Service stands to help overcome financial barriers employers face to hiring and training first-year apprentices, according to the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA). The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, traveled to the CAF-FCA’s National Apprenticeship Conference in Halifax to announce…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

June 6, 2022 Construction incident summaries are based on information obtained as soon as possible after the incidents: they are preliminary and subject to change. Details have been edited to protect workers’ privacy. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Fatal Core Activity: Steel frame erection / Industrial, commercial, institutional or highrise residential contracting or construction Location: Lower Mainland Date…

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Two businesses fined for asbestos violations in Richmond

Richmond News | Valerie Leung | June 8, 2022 One business was fined $80,000 for repeated high-risk violations. Two firms responsible for handling asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) have been fined by WorkSafeBC for two separate cases of failing to remove hazardous materials from Richmond sites. Green Clover Asbestos was fined $80,000 on April 28 for repeated…

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