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WorkSafeBC reviews historical incidents and claims statistics of all the industry sectors in British Columbia and identified Construction as one of four industries that have significant exposures and a greater risk of injuries and fatalities.
Since 2004, British Columbia has experienced increased levels of construction activity. Approximately $110 billion in construction activity will occur from 2007 to 2014. This ongoing activity requires attention, to ensure reductions in worker exposures, injuries and fatalities.
Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are configured each year to assess the changes throughout the industry and determine which areas require attention. Although progress has been achieved over the past 6 years, we need to ensure that the reductions and successes continue into the future.
|19 Classification Units (with links to the Mechanisms of Injury Summary Sheets)|
|721005 Demolition||721022 Fire and Flood Restoration||721043 Plumbing & Heating|
|721009 Concrete Cutting/Coring||*721024 Framing/Residential Forming||*721049 Siding and Gutter Installation|
|721010 Concrete Placing||*721027 House Construction||*721051 Steep Slope Roofing|
|721011 Concrete Pumping||721028 Building Construction||721052 Structural Concrete Forming|
|721012 Concrete Reinforcing||721031 Land Clearing||722005 Steel Frame Erection|
|721013 Construction Labour Supply||721036 Low Slope Roofing||*Residential Wood Frame Construction
summary of all 5 * CUs combined
Construction continues to play a key role in British Columbia's economy and employs a large number of people throughout the province - representing approximately 32,000 employers, 155,000 workers, and about 8% of the provincial workforce. Even with the decline in construction during 2009, employment has grown 34% since 2004.This is three times the growth of all other industries combined and includes many young and new workers.
Young workers represent approximately 15% of the entire construction workforce. However, they account for 25% of all construction injury claims - indicating that young workers are at a greater risk of injury than their more experienced counterparts.
Claims have steadily increased in line with employment. However, the contribution has been declining over the past four years from 6.4% in 2006 to 4.6% in 2009. We want these reductions to continue. The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent injuries from the top three types of accidents:
Fatalities continue to be high in the industry. These are primarily attributed to the "Disease " and "Other Injury " categories - of 30 fatalities in 2009, 17 (57%) were disease (asbestos related) and 10 (33%) were categorized as other injury (falls and struck-by).
The construction injury rate has been declining each year. We need to ensure that the trend does not change with a rebound in activity and employment during 2010.
The serious injury rate is calculated as follows:
The denominator: The number of person-years of WorkSafeBC-covered employment.
The numerator: Claims with at least one of the following criteria:
Health-care-only claims are excluded from the calculation of the serious injury rate.
The industry has been able to make a significant impact on the rate of serious injuries over the past 5 years and this will continue to be a primary focus in 2010. The goal is maintain the serious injury rate below 2.00 and push it down further.
The "Prime Contractor: How do you measure up?" Campaign was designed to provide a structured and consistent method to measure if Prime Contractors are reasonably fulfilling their legal duties and responsibilities across seven key areas.
Click on the links below for additional information on the "How do you Measure up?" campaign.
WorkSafeBC (the Workers' Compensation Board of B.C.) is now partnering with the B.C. Road Construction and Maintenance Safety Network (the Safety Network) to pilot a Certificate of Recognition (COR) program that offers a rebate to companies that become certified.
Road builders pave way for incentive program (PDF 62 KB)
WorkSafe Magazine February 2003
Minutes of October 30, 2002 Meeting
BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA)
|Construction Nurse Line|
|604 279-8155 OR 1 877 633-6233|
|Weekdays, 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.|
The Construction Nurse Line is a new provincial free of charge phone service providing construction employers direct access to a WorkSafeBC nurse advisor.
Construction Nurse Advisors:
Who should call the Construction Nurse Line?
When should you call the Construction Nurse Line?
|Keeping injured workers connected to the workplace or getting them back on the job is an important part of their recovery, and early intervention is the key to successful return-to-work planning.|
"Call us...when you need us!"
604 279-8155 or 1-877-633-6233
This service is available during business hours Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
WorkSafeBC's new Injury Management Road Map is a step-by-step guide for employers to follow when a workplace injury occurs.
Helping you deal with detours and unnecessary bumps in the road, it will ensure the return-to-work process is managed efficiently and effectively, allowing injured employees to remain at work or return to productive and appropriate work as soon as possible.
Click each step on the road and you'll be given all the tips and tools you'll need to effectively intervene and manage the injury. Within each step you'll find links to return-to-work forms and resources to help you through every step of the injury management process.
Return-to-work forms can also be printed and customized to suit your specific needs.
For advice anytime during the process, call the WorkSafeBC Construction Nurse Line to be directly connected to one of our Construction Nurse Advisors, your experts in occupational injury and return-to-work planning.
Call a Construction Nurse Advisor weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at: 1 877-633-6233 or 604 279-8155.
A series of articles by Don Nelson, Industry Services Manager: Construction.
WCB has a new search engine for hazard alert posters. These highly popular one-page bulletins show real workplace accidents such as fatalities or traumatic injuries and how to prevent them.
Ledcor Industries Inc. was honoured in October with the award for Best Training/Orientation Program for Young and New Workers. The new award, sponsored by the Workers' Compensation Board of BC, was presented at the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) award banquet held on October 23, 2002.
|INJURY TYPE: FALL -- FATAL|
|Worker, along with portions of a scaffold, fell 39 feet to grade and received massive head injuries.|
|INJURY TYPE: STRUCK BY -- FATAL|
|The worker was assisting to secure the first tier of pipe racks on a trailer. The loader struck the worker with the second lift of pipe racks, knocking the worker down. One pipe rack fell off the loader's forks landing on the worker.|
In a recent column, I mentioned a new feature on our injury prevention website (http://www2.worksafebc.com) -- the Notice of Accident (NOA) updates available by e-mail subscription. This initiative is designed to provide employers and workers with timely information about the types of accidents occurring in the construction industry.
These reports may help you prevent similar accidents in your workplace. An NOA is a preliminary report of an accident before an investigation into the case has been completed. To sign up for these updates please send an email to with the words "subscribe NOA" in the subject line, or, if you have already subscribed to receive construction email you will be receiving them.