Building Builders mentorship program opens in B.C.

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | September 22, 2022 VICTORIA – The Building Builders mentorship program is officially open. The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) program is designed to connect unemployed and underemployed workers in British Columbia with experienced mentors across all disciplines of the provincial construction industry. “If you don’t have the right…

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Burnaby demo bylaw requires deposits, encourages diversion

Journal of Commerce | Grant Cameron | September 26, 2022 A new construction and demolition bylaw is coming into effect in Burnaby, B.C., this fall which is aimed at encouraging builders and developers to divert discarded materials from landfills to recycling facilities. Contractors who carry out demolitions will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee…

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FenBC becomes Canadian region of FGIA

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | September 8, 2022 VICTORIA — The Fenestration Association of British Columbia (FenBC) is a Canadian region of the Fenestration and Glazing Industry alliance (FGIA) as of Sept. 1. The boards of both organizations approved the creation of FGIA’s first Canadian region by integrating FenBC as the newly formed…

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Building Smart – The Economics of Building with Mass Timber – Part One and Two

BC Housing is offering a two-part series webinar entitled Building Smart: The Economics of Building with Mass Timber – Part One and Two on October 4 and 18, 2022. What are the costs to build a 7-12 storey multi-family building with mass timber in BC? How will these buildings meet BC Energy Step Code requirements? Join us online for the answers…

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Workplace bullying a factor in grader operator’s suicide: ‘He asked everybody for help’

Journal of Commerce | Angela Gismondi | September 7, 2022 Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, with the month also being dedicated to suicide prevention. In anticipation of the day, the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce reached out to those directly impacted by suicide as well as stakeholders who are trying to make the…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

August 25, 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: Penetrating wound Core Activity: Steel frame erection or structural repair of steel frames Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2022-Aug A…

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WorkSafeBC amends refusal of unsafe work rules

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | August 23, 2022 VANCOUVER – WorkSafeBC has made amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) as of Aug. 22 to strengthen worker protections regarding their right to refuse unsafe work. “All workers in British Columbia have the right to refuse work where there is reasonable cause…

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Apple AirTags save Calgary contractor thousands after theft of materials

A $35 tracking device helped a Calgary contractor find $13,000 worth of stolen construction material earlier this month. After having a full siding package and a trim package ripped off from residential building sites in the northeast neighbourhood of Cornerstone, the owner of Pierrefect Contracting spent $130 for a four-pack of Apple AirTags. “A lot…

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Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation in effect August 22, 2022

A new section, 3.12.1 – Reassignment of refused work, has been added to the regulations relating to section 3.12, Refusal of Unsafe Work. The purpose of these amendments is to enhance worker safety and promote increased worker engagement by: Introducing new requirements for an employer to provide written notice of an unresolved work refusal to any worker who…

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Recent WorkSafe Decisions

Stakeholder feedback received by the Board of Directors informed its decision-making on the policy changes, and is now available to view on the WorkSafeBC website. Determining Workplace Status The Board of Directors approved amendments to policy on determining workplace status to align policy with the Workers Compensation Act and the common law, and to reflect the changing…

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Insurance Essentials: Don’t cut corners hiring subcontractors because of labour shortages

Journal of Commerce | Jon Hogg | August 10, 2022 The current labour shortage issue compounds an already tough economic environment for builders and contractors. But hiring uninsured subcontractors isn’t the way to go, as one accident or mishap involving an uninsured worker can devastate your finances and business. Across Canada, construction firms and general contracting…

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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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