British Columbia has amended its Workers Compensation Act, which it says “will provide better support to injured workers and their families and enhance WorkSafeBC’s ability to investigate workplace incidents, while keeping premiums low.”
As marijuana became legal in Canada October 17, WorkSafeBC aims to spread awareness about impairment in the workplace.
How can companies prevent loggers from being killed or hurt in remote areas?
By Budd Phillips
A trend to finer wood dust - resulting from dryer beetle killed wood and finer-kerf saw blades - may have contributed to fires and explosions in British Columbia wood factories. A 2012 internal memo from WorkSafeBC, released through a Freedom of Information request by a union, also predicted resistance to wood dust control rules "if an enforcement strategy is pursued at this time."
Richmond, BC — Between April 7 and June 23, 2014, WorkSafeBC completed targeted combustible dust inspections in 85 sawmill locations and 15 wood product manufacturing locations in B.C. These inspections were in support of the ongoing Combustible Dust Strategy that was initiated in 2012. The following reports outline the results of those inspections: Download Phase IV Combustible Dust Inspection Initiative — Sawmills Download Phase IV Combustible Dust Inspection Initiative Reprot — Wood Products Manufacturing
Sawmill owner Lakeland Mills Ltd. faces more than $750,000 in administrative penalties and a claims cost levy by WorkSafeBC, the provincial worker safety agency in British Columbia. A 2012 fire and explosion there killed two workers.
Babine Forest Products Ltd. is contesting a $1 million penalty imposed by WorkSafeBC for the January 2012 sawmill fire and explosion that killed two employees and injured nearly two dozen others.
WorkSafeBC has issued orders that include the imposition of an administrative penalty and a claims cost levy against Babine Forest Products Ltd.
WorkSafeBC officers have embarked on a new round of inspections at sawmills and other wood processors as part of the safety agency's ongoing, comprehensive combustible dust initiative.