Safety Calculator: Calculating the cost of an accident

Do you know how much a workplace accident would cost your company? WorkSafe BC has a tool to help you determine accident costs. The costs of an accident extend far beyond direct costs. There are costs to morale, public perception, company reputation, ability to hire and retain employees.

Safety is a shared responsibility.  Everyone suffers with poor safety management.  The cost of taking shortcuts is enormous.  Injuries are painful and may affect someone for the rest of their life.  Injuries affect the family and community.  In addition, injuries affect fellow workers and the company.  It may lead to downtime.  It can result in lost time and lost revenue for everyone.

Posted on: October 2nd, 2012 by Victoria Comments

Recall Alert for Guardian Fall Protection Equipment

Guardian Fall Protection has issued a recall alert for their Swivel Snaphook.

They are asking users of their fall protection equipment to inspect the swivel snaphooks attached to their products.  The inspection notice, dated June 26th 2012,  is for Guardian Fall Protection  products that have a swivel snap hook.

Here is the inspection notice:  Guardian Fall Protection Inspection Notice


GFP was made aware of a non-injury incident involving a GFP Self-Retracting Lifeline (SRL) where a swivel snaphook experienced a failure. The nut that holds the swivel eye to the hook body backed off the hook stem and came loose. The non-injury incident was discovered during initial inspection of the equipment performed by the user. This incident highlights the importance for workers to inspect their gear before every use.

The potentially dangerous and faulty condition was caused when GFP’s supplier of a particular swivel snaphook missed a swaging operation that encapsulates the swivel eye and prevents the threaded nut from backing off of the hook stem. This situation is restricted to a certain type of swivel snaphook supplied to GFP and is identified in the inspection notice. Upon discovery, both GFP and the supplier have increased inspection processes to ensure this cannot occur in the future. Supplier and GFP inventories have been inspected for this condition upon discovery

No defective units were found in inventory. Any products purchased after June 26th, 2012 have been fully inspected for this defect and any other defect.


Guardian Fall Protection Recall

Steps to inspect your gear


Posted on: August 15th, 2012 by Victoria Comments

Dangers of Silica Dust

Silica Lung

Construction workers vulnerable to silica dust


Silicosis is a disease caused by the prolonged breathing of crystalline silica dust. The fine particles are deposited in the lungs, causing thickening and scarring of the lung tissues.  Crystalline silica dust can also cause lung cancer. 

Crystalline silica is found in concrete, masonry, and most rock.  The grinding, blasting, cutting and drilling of concrete and rock produces a fine dust that you do not want to breathe.  When silica dust builds up in your lungs, you are at risk of developing a serious and irreversible lung disease called silicosis.

It may take workers 10 year to develop chronic silicosis, if they are exposed to small amounts of silica dust over a long period of exposure.  However, workers may experience acute silicosis and develop symptoms within a few weeks if they are exposed to small amount of silica dust at a high concentration.


Symptoms of silicosis include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe Cough
  • Weakness

These symptoms can worsen over time and lead to death.


Employers must develop a silica exposure control plan.  Click on the following link for a copy of a silica exposure control plan.






Posted on: January 17th, 2012 by Victoria Comments

Can you spot the hazards?

Can you spot the hazards?
Identify the hazards and post your answers!

How many hazards can you identify in this photo?

Post your answers! 
Posted on: January 3rd, 2012 by Victoria Comments

Fall Protection

Your crew is on the roof? What can be expected if a WSBC inspector stops by for a visit?

From Andrew Kidd and Jaret Swanson, WSBC Residential Construction Inspection Officers in North Vancouver:

  • If you are not tied off, they will stop the work.

  • If your fall protection gear is damaged, they will confiscate the gear. Note: the labels on the gear must still be intact to pass inspection.

  • Have fall hazards been correctly identified?

  • Does the employer have an effective system to ensure that workers are protected from the hazards associated with falls from elevations?

  • Has an effective fall protection plan been developed? You must be able to explain your plan when working from any heights.

  • If you are over 25’, has this plan been written down?

  • Have the workers been instructed in this plan and do they understand it?

  • Have workers been adequately trained in the fall protection system they are to use? The evidence is that they are following the plan correctly.

  • Are workers being adequately supervised?

  • Does the General Contractor have an effective system to ensure that these requirements are being coordinated and met at this worksite? A G.C. needs to take responsibility for what is happening on site.

Advice from WSBC inspectors to the General Contractors:

“You are taking responsibility for someone going into a dangerous situation. You need to know that they are able to deal with it!”

If there is an accident on site, an employer will be asked whether or not the workers have been trained to perform the work. Quiz your sub-trades on their training process. Fall protection is not a certification; it is training. Providing a wallet card that states that a worker is trained in fall protection is not sufficient. The evidence is in the knowledge and actions of the worker. When inspecting the site, inspect your sub-trades fall protection gear. Quiz them on their fall protection plan. Monitor their activities to see that they are following the plan. Training needs to be reflected in the actions of the worker.

It takes one second to fall 16′

It takes 1.5 seconds to fall 36′

Plan to not fall.

Posted on: November 24th, 2011 by admin Comments

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