Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

July 14, 2021 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: Multiple fractures, laceration Core Activity: Electrical work Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2021-Jun A worker was feeding wire through…

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Stakeholders for B.C.’s largest infrastructure project sign Builders Code pledge

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | July 2, 2021 BC Hydro and seven of its largest contractors have adopted the Builders Code standard across Site C, making it the first multi-contractor, project–wide participant in the anti-bullying, anti-discrimination project. “Diversity and inclusion has always been a focus at Site C since the start of construction,” said…

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BCCA Fast Lane vaccination program extended to Vancouver Island

Journal of Commerce | Peter Caulfield | July 2, 2021 The BC Construction Association’s Fast Lane first-dose vaccination program for construction workers in the Lower Mainland was extended recently to their colleagues on Vancouver Island. Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) CEO Rory Kulmala said, “The BCCA initiative supports the construction industry and its workers by making…

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WorkSafeBC: Consider closing down in extreme heat

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | June 28, 2021 VANCOUVER, B.C. – Extreme, record-breaking heat in B.C. has safety officials encouraging employers to consider shutting down workplaces. WorkSafeBC is advising employers to consider closing down their workplaces if workers cannot be protected from the risk of heat stress. “All workers are potentially at risk,”…

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A Time for Support

We were sad to learn today of the devasting news for Rieghardt van Enter’s family and the loss of their family home in a fire on Friday, June 25th in Langley.  The family is all safe and were all able to get out of their house but only with the clothes on their backs. Rieghardt &…

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WorkSafeBC Message – Four Step Restart Plan

As the province proceeds with its four-step restart plan, WorkSafeBC is actively collaborating with Public Health on an approach to workplace health and safety that aligns with Step 3, which begins no sooner than July 1. While some details of that approach are still being finalized, WorkSafeBC would like to provide a high-level overview of what…

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B.C. heat wave prompts heat-injury warnings

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | June 24, 2021 VANCOUVER—B.C. is bracing for a heatwave that could see temperatures five to 10 degrees above seasonal averages for several days. As temperatures rise so does the risk of heat-related injuries. WorkSafeBC is reminding employers and outdoor workers about the risk of developing heat stress. The…

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Heat Exhaustion OR Heat Stroke…Know the signs

This is just a friendly reminder.  With the forecast calling for extremely hot temperatures over the next week, we just want to send a quick reminder to ensure you are taking care of yourselves during this time and if you are working outside please take precautions to avoid heat stroke and/or heat exhaustion. Tips: Drink…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Fast Lane for Construction Workers – Help Spread the Word!

BCCA is pleased to announce BC’s first COVID-19 vaccine “fast lane” for construction workers, in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health. Starting next week, any workers in our industry can just show up at these clinics on designated dates and times to get their first dose:  The Italian Cultural Center (Vancouver) The Christine…

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BC’s Construction Industry Is ‘Ground Zero’ for Opioid Crisis among Workers

Substance use has plagued the trades for a long time. It’s now more serious than ever. David Hogben | 24 Jun 2021 | TheTyee.ca Five years after British Columbia’s opioid overdose crisis was declared a public health emergency, there is little reason to celebrate. “Five years? That makes me want to cry right there,” said Jud Martell, co-ordinator of…

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WorkSafeBC has already approved more COVID-19 claims this year than in all of 2020

Vancouver Sun | Nathan Griffiths | Jun 20, 2021  There has been a “significant reduction” in the number of claims registered in June, however, said a spokesperson. WorkSafeBC approved over 2,000 claims for work-related COVID-19 exposures by June 11 — almost 300 more than were approved in all of 2020. Claims increased in virtually every industry, with the…

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‘Just show up’: Fast lane organized for construction worker vaccinations

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | June 17, 2021 VANCOUVER —B.C.’s construction organizations want workers to know they have a fast lane to COVID-19 vaccinations. All they have to do is show up. “We have enormous respect for our workforce and the essential contribution they’ve made to B.C.’s economy by working throughout pandemic,” said…

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Compulsory trades announcement ‘needless red tape,’ says ICBA’s Gardner

Journal of Commerce | Russell Hixson | June 14, 2021 It’s official. B.C. will be implementing a compulsory trades certification system for the first time in 18 years. While the province’s Building Trades Unions praised the action as a great start to restoring training and improving the lives of workers, the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

June 16, 2021 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: Close call Core Activity: Crane operation Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2021-May A crane operator was telescoping out boom…

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Supporting skilled trades workers, strengthening B.C’s recovery

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training | News Release | June 11, 2021 VICTORIA – The Province is launching a made-in-B.C. certification system to support higher-paying, more stable work for trades workers and to help build the foundation of a strong economic recovery. The new skilled trades certification system will help deliver steady employment for…

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BC Restart Update

June 10, 2021 | WorkSafeBC The B.C. government has announced a four-step plan to gradually begin to restart important social connections, businesses, and activities. Since the government announced its plan, WorkSafeBC has been working with Public Health to develop a workplace health and safety approach aligned with the four-step plan. We are currently in step 1 of…

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