Serious Injury Prevention Initiative
The Serious Injury Prevention Initiative three-year plan is focused on preventing serious injuries in the Transportation and Warehousing, Trade, Public, and Service sectors.
The goal of the 2021–2023 Serious Injury Prevention Initiative is to ensure employers are diligent in their efforts to prevent workers from being struck by vehicles or mobile equipment. To achieve this, we will take a risk-based approach and engage employers with a blend of education, consultation, and enforcement activities.
We will focus our efforts in the traffic control, towing, warehousing, and goods distribution industries and work to ensure that employers and stakeholders have identified risks, implemented aligned controls, and are compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation.
We will work to ensure employers provide the supervision, training, tools, and other elements to:
- Identify hazards and assess risks
- Select risk controls based on a hierarchy of effectiveness
- Implement, monitor, and modify (as necessary) traffic control or traffic management plans
Inspections and consultations can take place at any time during employers’ regular business hours. Inspections may also take place across shifts and can include evenings and weekends.
WorkSafeBC officers will provide employers with inspection reports documenting communication and workplace inspection findings. The report may include orders directing the employer to comply with minimum requirements set out in the Workers Compensation Act and the OHS Regulation.
In addition to workplace inspections, outreach efforts may be employed to communicate the Initiative goal and objectives.
What you can do
The following resources will help you better understand and address the health and safety issues we’ll be focusing on:
- Proposed amendment to Part 18: Traffic Control of the OHS Regulation
- ConeZone website, a collaboration with the Justice Institute of BC and many others
- BC Construction Safety Alliance website
- Automotive Retailers Association health and safety pages
- Traffic management for work on roadways