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Construction deaths up in 2015

In an earlier post we wrote about a decrease in worker deaths in British Columbia last year. While this is undoubtedly good news overall, it does not tell the whole story regarding worker deaths. In at least one occupation, the number of workers who died last year actually increased. That occupation is construction workers. According to recent statistics, the number of construction workers who died last year was up 40 per cent. 

Man appeals old workplace illness claim with WSCC

When it comes to workplace injuries the first thing that comes to mind for most people is likely a serious accident, but this is not the only way in which a worker could be harmed on the job.  In certain situations it is possible workplace conditions could lead to a worker becoming ill. A Canadian man, who worked at a mine more than 25 years ago, believes this is what happened to him.

What you should know about workers' comp in B.C.

In British Columbia, WorkSafeBC is the entity that takes care of workers' compensation matter. Though it may be hard to imagine, throughout the province, people become ill or are hurt as a result of workplace conditions daily. If this happens to you, it is important to know what steps to take. In this post we will provide information that all workers--even those who work in seemingly safe environments--should know. 

Residential-services sector workers at risk for violent injuries

Injuries inflicted by another person may not be the first thing that comes to mind when the phrase "workplace injuries" is mentioned and yet, such incidents do occur. Sometimes injuries inflicted on a worker by another co-worker, client, or patient are violent and the industry in which these incidents often arise is health care, specifically the residential-services sector.

Results of functional capacity evaluation can be overturned

When an accident occurs, things can change for a person in an instant. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident there are various ways that someone might seek compensation for their injuries. If the accident occurred at one's workplace, workers' compensation benefits could be available.

Are injured workers receiving the care they need from WorkSafeBC?

Readers may be aware that workers who are injured on the job could obtain workers' compensation benefits to help to cover the expenses that arise as a result of the injury. To secure these benefits injured workers must go through WorkSafeBC. Employers register for WorkSafeBC insurance to cover the individuals that work for them.

WorkSafeBC finds construction signage adequate after trench accident

Proper signage and barriers are important to maintaining safe construction sites. Such safety measures are meant to protect workers and bystanders in the area. When a construction site accident results in injury, the proper use of signage may be called into question during a workplace or WorkSafeBC investigation into the exact cause of the accident.

B.C. government urged to fast track PTSD claims for first responders

Though workplace accidents can be avoided by taking proactive steps to meet safety requirements, some types of employment are inherently more hazardous than others. First responders, for example, enter dangerous work environments on a daily basis, confronting a high risk of physical and mental injury.

Non-compliance with safety regulations blamed for violent incidents in B.C. hospitals

Statistics from WorkSafeBC show that, between 2005 and 2012, more than 3,720 health care workers suffered injuries because of violence at work. That figure is particularly alarming when you consider that, during the same period of time, 241 workers in law enforcement were injured.

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