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Residential builders alert

From 2010 to 2014, an average of almost 1,800 workers were injured or killed each year as a result of their work on residential wood frame construction sites in British Columbia. The most common and costly causes of injury are falls, overexertion, and being struck by or against objects. At least half of all workplace deaths occur as a result of exposure to asbestos-containing materials, and the number of deaths is expected to increase.

WorkSafeBC has established a range of processes and developed tools to help reduce the rates of injury and disease and ensure safer workplaces. One of the most important processes is the Notice of Project. Submitting a Notice of Project is a legal requirement that identifies:

  • Who is responsible for health and safety on the site
  • The approximate start and finish date of the project
  • The approximate cost of the project
  • Other general information about the project

Submit Notice of Project
Submitting a Notice of Project is free and only takes about 15 minutes to submit on your smartphone or computer. All new building projects and renovations having a capital expenditure of $100,000 or greater must be reported to WorkSafeBC through the Notice of Project process. Failure to submit a Notice of Project could result in increased enforcement activity and/or a financial penalty.

As part of its efforts to raise awareness of the requirement to submit a Notice of Project, WorkSafeBC has developed these Residential Builder Alert web pages. These web pages provide quick access to the online Notice of Project form as well as a wide range of resources to help you successfully and safely complete your project.

The following four web pages parallel the major stages of the residential building process: Planning, Site Preparation, Pre-lockup, and Post-lockup.

The resources listed on these web pages are available for download or viewing at no charge on worksafebc.com. Hard copies of many of these resources can be purchased from the WorkSafeBC Store.

Residential builders process & navigation

The purpose of this section is to assist you in building safety into the planning stage of your project.

This section covers:

  • Responsibilities (risk assessments, inspections, orientations, housekeeping, first aid, PPE, etc.)
  • Safe access (ladders, landings, ramps, walkways)
  • Service locations (call before you dig, overhead power lines)
  • Other resources and videos

Responsibilities

Safe access

Service locations

Other resources and videos

The purpose of this section is to assist you in building safety into the site preparation stage of your project.

This section covers:

  • Responsibilities (risk assessment, inspections, orientations, housekeeping, first aid, PPE, etc.)
  • Safe access (ladders, landings, ramps, walkways)
  • Service locations (call before you dig, overhead power lines)
  • Demolition (asbestos awareness, silica exposure)
  • Excavation (buried facilities, sloping and shoring, trenches, etc.)
  • Forming (concrete pumping and pouring)
  • Other resources and videos

Responsibilities

Safe access

Service locations

Demolition

Excavation

Forming

Other resources and videos

The purpose of this section is to assist you in building safety into the pre-lockup stage of your project.

This section covers:

  • Responsibilities (risk assessment, inspections, orientations, housekeeping, first aid, PPE, etc.)
  • Safe access (ladders, landings, ramps, walkways)
  • Working at elevation (fall protection, scaffolds, guardrails, floor and roof openings)
  • Mobile equipment (boom and scissor lifts)
  • Other resources and videos

Responsibilities

Safe access

Working at elevation

Mobile equipment

Other resources and videos

The purpose of this section is to assist you in building safety into the post-lockup stage of your project.

This section covers:

  • Responsibilities (risk assessment, inspections, orientations, housekeeping, first aid, PPE, etc.)
  • Safe access (ladders, landings, ramps, walkways)
  • Working at elevation (fall protection, scaffolds, guardrails, floor and roof openings)
  • Mobile equipment (boom and scissor lifts)
  • Silica exposure
  • Other resources and videos

Responsibilities

Safe access

Working at elevation

Mobile equipment

Silica exposure

Other resources and videos