Consultation on Proposed Policy and Public Hearing on Regulation Changes Regarding Employer Incident Investigations

The Board of Directors approved the release for consultation of proposed new policies and public hearings regarding proposed regulation changes below, as set out in a discussion paper: Policy D10-175-1 – Preliminary Incident Investigation Report and Follow-up Action Policy D10-176-1 – Full Incident Investigation Report and Follow-up Action Deletion of Section 3.4 of the Occupational…

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WorkSafeBC announces 2016 preliminary rates

WorkSafeBC announces that the average base premium rate for 2016 will remain unchanged at $1.70 per $100 of employers’ assessable payroll. Lower claims costs, excess investment returns, a $55 million withdrawal from the Capital Adequacy Reserve, and the longstanding practice of capping of rate increases for industries at 20 percent have kept the average rate…

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Cost Relief for Certain Compensable Consequences

The Policy, Regulation and Research Division of WorkSafeBC would like to thank you all for your submissions on the “Cost Relief for Certain Compensable Consequences” policy proposals.  The stakeholder feedback received by the Board of Directors informed its decision-making on the policy changes.  Please click here for a summary of stakeholder comments. On May 27, 2015, the…

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Reduced Duration in Construction

Our work with WorkSafeBC to improve early return to work outcomes and reduce duration is paying off.  Construction – 12-Month Rolling STD Duration The reduction can be attributed to: Working together through the Construction Claims Action Committee that helped identify ‘drivers of duration’ and then acting on those areas. Introduction of programs from Point 1 findings…

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Asbestos: be aware enforcement initiative

Source:  WorkSafeBC Initiatives for Construction From June 1 to December 31, 2015, WorkSafeBC prevention officers will conduct planned inspections of residential demolition and renovation worksites to ensure homeowners, prime contractors, hazardous material survey contractors, asbestos abatement contractors, and consultants are informed and equipped to safely remove asbestos containing materials and are complying with the Occupational…

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Join WorkSafeBC’s Rate Consultation Sessions

An invitation from WorkSafeBC You, and your members, are invited to attend a session on WorkSafeBC’s insurance rates for 2016. This year we are hosting eight different sessions around the province.   Please forward the invitation below to your members and/or post the information on your website. It is also attached as a pdf for…

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Asbestos exposure enforcement ramping up in B.C.

Source:  Journal of Commerce ~ by RUSSELL HIXSON   Jun 23, 2015 WorkSafeBC is stepping up enforcement of asbestos violations. “We are working to hold employers accountable to prevent further exposures to workers,” said Gary McComb, North Vancouver Regional Prevention Manager for WorkSafeBC. “Anyone that has been exposed to asbestos fibers is at risk of developing serious and potentially…

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April to June 2015 ~ Work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

Injury Type: Fatal Core Activity: Manual tree falling and bucking / Excavation, or private landfill or transfer station operation Location: Vancouver Island/Coastal B.C. Date of Incident: 2015-Jun ID Number: 2015161750050 A worker (arborist) was falling a hemlock tree and was moving away from the tree as it started to fall. The tree kicked back, striking and…

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May 27, 2015 Policy Updates – Prevention Manual

The Prevention Manual contains policies of WorkSafeBC with respect to prevention matters under the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Consequential policy amendments have been made to the Prevention Manual in response to changes to provisions in the Occupational Heath and Safety Regulation. The Prevention Manual (1 mb) is provided here…

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Regulatory Amendments – May 14, 2015

Amendments to the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation made in May 14th,  2015 are noted below. The online Regulation and excerpts and summaries of the Act are updated once the amendments come into effect. Workers Compensation Act Part 1 Division 4 — Accident Fund and Assessments Section 46 Power to…

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Consultation on proposed changes to the Stop Work Orders Policy (D12-191-1)

The WorkSafeBC Board of Directors, at its May 2015 meeting, approved the release for consultation of a discussion paper and proposed changes to the policy regarding stop work orders. Please provide your feedback by 4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 15, 2015. The discussion paper, proposed policy changes, and information on how to provide feedback are available…

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B.C. works with industry to improve safety regulations

3 Jun 2015  |  Journal of Commerce  |  RUSSELL HIXSON staff writer The Council of Construction Associations (COCA) of B.C., which initially had concerns about recently implemented changes to the Workers Compensation Act, is now applauding the province for working with industry to improve the regulations. COCA president Dave Baspaly said that while he was…

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COCA’s Perspective on Legislative Changes (in effect from May 14, 2015)

Stop Work Orders The changes are aimed at irresponsive employers who have not acted to eliminate high risk situations.   The more vigorous actions permitted by this legislation are reasonable. Incident Investigation There are two major changes in the legislation. First, the employer is required to undertake a preliminary investigation within 48 hours. This is reasonable…

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