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April 21, 2014

Early stages of concrete pump operator certification being developed in B.C.

A joint proposal for concrete pump operator certification is being developed by the B.C Construction Safety Alliance and the B.C. Ready-Mixed Concrete Association.

April 21, 2014

B.C. labour minister calls for WorkSafeBC reforms

Massive changes are needed at WorkSafeBC to restore public confidence in the worker protection agency's investigations after two deadly sawmill blasts have failed to result in charges, says Labour Minister Shirley Bond.

April 16, 2014

B.C. government forms liquefied natural gas working group

Construction unions in B.C. are supporting a new Liberal government initiative to supply an adequate number of skilled labourers to build a new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry in the province by 2020, but some say it's too little, too late.

April 14, 2014

Concrete industry unites to spread sustainability message

A comprehensive collection of groups have formed the Concrete Council of Canada (CCC), a 14-member bloc that intends to educate the public about the concrete advantage.

April 14, 2014

Concrete toboggans take the plunge

The 40th anniversary of the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) featured innovative engineering from some of the top university students in the country.

April 14, 2014

Carbon tax may give unfair advantage to foreign cement

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is disappointed that the B.C. government has failed to address industry concerns about whether the provincial carbon tax is giving foreign cement producers the upper hand.

April 9, 2014

Worker safety includes planning and reporting

For safer jobsites, companies should encourage workers to plan for the worst and report near misses, heard the audience at a recent Canadian Construction Association (CCA) panel discussion.

April 9, 2014

Roundtable attempts to balance economy and environment

The B.C. government has established a roundtable of representatives from communities, industry, labour, First Nations and the environmental sector to discuss ways to balance economic development with environmental protection.

April 7, 2014

Island shipyard plans $30 million expansion

A $30 million expansion of a Victoria area shipyard is expected to require 150-300 more skilled workers when complete.

April 7, 2014

Panel rules against random drug testing

Canada's largest private sector union is applauding a decision by an Alberta arbitration panel that random drug and alcohol testing of all employees at a Suncor site near Fort McMurray violates the fundamental rights of workers to privacy, respect and dignity in the workplace.

April 2, 2014

Workplace deaths must be prosecuted

B.C. was recently given the opportunity to take a critical step forward in workplace safety when opposition labour critic and NDP MLA Harry Bains introduced a motion calling for the government to pursue the prosecution of corporate executives and directors responsible for workers' health and safety in cases of negligence causing workplace death or serious injury.

April 2, 2014

Criminal prosecution for executives gains support

Construction unions in B.C. are calling on the provincial government to support proposed legislation that would include the criminal prosecution of corporate executives responsible for the injury or death of workers.

March 26, 2014

Bird preferred for hospital project

B.C. Interior Health has named Bird Construction as its preferred proponent to design and build the new Clinical Services Building (CSB) at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C.

March 26, 2014

Saskatchewan boosts capital spending in latest budget

The Saskatchewan Budget 2014 will generate a surplus while maintaining capital spending on the construction of infrastructure and increasing support for apprenticeship training.

March 26, 2014

Worker killed while repairing heavy equipment

WorkSafeBC officers are investigating the death of a worker, who was killed while repairing a piece of heavy equipment at a construction site in West Vancouver last week.

March 26, 2014

Alberta strikes trades training deal with Ottawa

The Alberta government struck a deal with Ottawa that gives the province money and flexibility to train more people for specific jobs.

March 24, 2014

Concrete spacer confirmed as culprit in guideway shift

Structural engineers have confirmed that the failure of a concrete spacer on the Evergreen Line project in Coquitlam, B.C. caused a large beam to shift during the construction of the elevated guideway.

March 24, 2014

Push to get youth into trades experiencing growing pains

With an expected shortage of more than 30,000 skilled workers and less than one in 30 high school students entering the trades after graduation, the B.C. construction industry has been encouraging more young people to enter the skilled trades.

March 24, 2014

Western premiers agree to make it easier to work in other provinces

The premiers of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia have agreed to make it easier for people moving between the provinces to license their cars or continue apprenticeships.

March 24, 2014

Drug and alcohol treatment can bring workers back to the job

There is no hard data, but anecdotal evidence suggests drug and alcoholic dependence is a growing problem in the B.C. construction industry, but there is help for those afflicted.

March 24, 2014

Alberta touts foreign workers as solution to skills shortages

With expected labour shortages over the next decade, Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk is calling for a permanent foreign workers program to supplement the temporary foreign workers program and local skills training.

March 24, 2014

Provinces agree on safety designation

The B.C. Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA) and the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) recently announced they are close to finalizing an agreement that will recognize the National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) designation in B.C. as well as Alberta, where it was created. In British Columbia, the designation will be B.C. NCSO.

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