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Inspections and prevention activities

As part of our strategy to reduce the serious injury rate by applying resources and effort where they will be most effective, WorkSafeBC officers are inspecting workplaces and conducting consultation and education activities

Inspections

Activities Details

Inspections — Prime contractor responsibilities
Q1–Q4 2020

  • Inspections focused on prime contractor responsibilities
  • Inspections focused on health and safety planning, supervision, and oversight
  • Education presentations to workers

Inspections — Tools, equipment, and processes, Falls from elevation
Q1–Q4 2020

Inspections focused on:

  • Fall protection anchor selection and use
  • Fall protection systems
  • Ladder use
  • Scaffolding and work platform use
  • Mobile work platforms
  • Any work conducted at elevation

Inspections — Tools, equipment, and processes, Struck by injuries
Q3–Q4 2020

Inspections focused on:

  • Work around mobile equipment
  • Leading edge work

Inspections — Prime contractors
Q1–Q4 2020

Focused on:

  • Ensuring there is an established and maintained system or process to ensure compliance with the high voltage limits of approach requirements of the Regulation

Consultation and education activities

Activities Details

Enforcement, education, and consultation – Employers and prime contractors
Q1–Q4 2020

Focused on high voltage limits, including the responsibility to:

  • Inform workers about high voltage electrical equipment and conductors
  • Meet the minimum approach and clearance distances
  • Meet the “Assurance in writing” requirements

BCCSA partnership
Q1–Q4 2020

  • Continue to assist, support, and partner with the BCCSA around WorkSafeBC’s Construction HRS, including the Health and Safety conference
  • Meet with the BCCSA to discuss the HRS focus and identify partnership opportunities
  • Develop resources related to data analysis for focus areas

“Is this the right tool for the job?” initiative
Q1–Q4 2020

  • Focus on reducing serious injuries related to ladder use by having workers consider “Is this the right tool for the job?” before they reach for a ladder
  • Develop a strategy for expanding this messaging further into the construction industry, including a review of the communication and marketing plan

Residential builders alert initiative and Safe work practices for residential construction
Q1–Q4 2020

  • Focus on all aspects of safety in the residential construction industry, with a strong emphasis on fall prevention and occupational disease prevention
  • Develop marketing tools and resources, and distribute to cities and municipalities as well as stakeholders in the residential construction industry
  • Develop and provide options for promoting resources and key messages