In April, 2017, a 15-metre masonry wall on the east side of a 6-story residential building in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside collapsed, destroying one nearby building and damaging two others. The wall had not been properly anchored.
In September 2017, during construction of a residential high-rise in Richmond, a stairway with no mid-landing supports collapsed onto the concrete slab below when a 450-kg bundle of steel falls off a dolly on the level above.
Miraculously, nobody was hurt or killed in either incident.
But these are close calls—far too close.
Professional engineers and geoscientists need to understand the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation in order to protect the public and continue to keep the public’s trust when it comes to ethics, quality assurance, and safety.
What is WorkSafeBC’s mandate? How does the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation pertain to engineers and geoscientists? What does it says about your obligations, and those of your employer? And what are the consequences of non-compliance?
Learn about your role in protecting worker safety in this instructive and practical webinar featuring videos, visuals, case studies and a Q&A.
- Gain a working knowledge of the Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
- Understand your role under the Regulation.
- Understand your employer’s obligations.
- Know the proper procedures under the Act.
- Know the consequences of non-compliance, and
- Appreciate that public safety relies on your good and diligent work.
Professional engineers and geoscientists (and/or management) that provide engineering opinions (and/or oversight) to industry in the following areas:
- Safe machinery and equipment
- Specification to guards and guardrails
- Silica dust control
- Hazard assessment
- Confined spaces (including blanks and blinds)
- Fall protection
- Automotive lifts
- Forestry (guarding)
- Pressure vessels
- Work platforms
- Cranes and hoists (inspections)
- Roll-over protection
- Concrete formwork and falsework
- Concrete pumping (inspections)
- Concrete tilt-up construction
- Underground workings
- Forestry equipment
- Laboratory ventilation
- Rope access
Manager, Engineering, WorkSafeBC
Ed Lee has worked for nearly four decades as a professional engineer, the past eight years as Manager of Engineering at WorkSafeBC, where he provides leadership and direction to his staff and manages its operations. Ed oversees a group of senior professional engineers in the provision of specialized engineering services to internal and external stakeholders, and ensures that WorkSafeBC policies and programs are implemented effectively. The Engineering Department is involved in variance and acceptance applications, guidelines, new regulations, regulation amendments, queries, fatal and serious injury investigations, and safety officer support.