Board Approves Safety Amendments for Late Night Retail Workers

WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors reports it has approved amendments to Part 4 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, regarding a third option to protect workers assigned to work alone in late night retail premises. The amendments become effective April 15, 2012.
 
 
The third option addresses implementation issues and challenges with the existing regulation.  The implementation issues were confirmed in three pilot projects and by an independent evaluation.  The conclusions were that options one and two in the current regulatory requirement — hiring additional workers or erecting a barrier — are not practicable for all late night retailers. [WCx]
 
 
This third option does not replace the existing two options in the late night retail safety regulation; it is an additional option, which provides a prescriptive list of engineering and administrative controls. Employers who choose the third option will be required to implement all of the listed controls.  In addition, employers will be required to undertake regular security audits by a qualified and independent person to confirm that all the controls have been implemented.
 
 
Roberta Ellis, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs for WorkSafeBC says, “Our priority continues to be protecting late night retail workers from acts of violence.”
 
 
WorkSafeBC consulted with employers and worker representatives when considering the amendments to the regulation. A review of independent research, the results of the pilot project assessing barrier options, a report from an independent audit of the project and feedback from public hearings throughout B.C. were also considered.
 
 
If an employer chooses the third option, they must implement all of the following controls:
 
 
A time lock safe on the premises that cannot be opened during late night hours;
 
Cash and lottery tickets that are not reasonably required in order to operate during late night hours are stored in the time lock safe;
 
 
Good visibility into and out of the premises;
 
Limited access to the inside of the premises;
 
The premises must be monitored by video surveillance;
 
 
There must be signs on the premises indicating that the safe is a time lock safe that cannot be opened during late night hours, there is a limited amount of accessible cash and lottery tickets on the premises, and the premises are monitored by video surveillance. (WCxKit)
 
 
In addition, workers assigned under the third option to work late night hours must be at least 19 years of age and be provided with personal emergency transmitters that are monitored by the employer, a security company, or other person designated by the employer.
 
 
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Interest-free Deferred Payment Plan Available in Canada

The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (the Commission) for New Foundland/Labrador recently announced it is introducing an enhanced deferred payment plan which will allow all employers to spread payments throughout the year, interest-free.  

 

According to a report from WHSCC, starting in 2012, all eligible employers will be able to spread equal payments more conveniently over the calendar year. The period from January to March is payment free for new assessment bills. For the remaining nine months employers may set up equal payment plans using pre-authorized debit. Employers can choose their assessment payment interval as weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, monthly or quarterly. (WCxKit)
 
 

The expansion and improved flexibility of the interest-free payment plan, is good for business and good for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Paul Davis, minister of Service NL, and minister responsible for the Commission. “The improved plan will be of particular benefit for sectors with seasonal variations in cash flow, such as construction, fishing, logging and tourism, and now will offer the interest relief for all employers regardless of size.”

 

Commission Chief Executive Officer Leslie Galway added the enhanced plan is one of many improvements in client service offered by the Commission. “We are concentrating on improving service delivery in all areas of workplace health, safety and compensation,” said Galway. “Employers have been asking for greater flexibility and we are pleased to be able to provide it.”

 

The Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council (NLEC) and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) support the enhanced deferred payment plan. (WCxKit)
 

The enhancement of the interest-free deferred payment plan shows recognition by the Commission of the financial impact that workers’ compensation employer insurance premiums have on employers in this province. Any steps they take to minimize this impact are well received by our organization.” remarked NLEC Executive Director, Richard Alexander.

 

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Laundry Facility Closed in Order to Protect Workers

The Saskatoon (Canada) Health Region (SHR) recently decided to close permanently its central laundry facility following a safety-related incident and the subsequent identification of infrastructure deficiencies at the facility.
 
 
According to the Canadian OH&S News, four bags of laundry totaling 1,225 kilograms that were attached to a hoist fell about three meters into laundry transfer carts, stated Linda Walker, a media relations consultant with the SHR. There were no injuries and washing and drying operations at the facility were shut down at the time.
 
 
According to Walker, it was determined that a bolt which attaches the mechanical system of cables and pulleys to the hydraulic cylinder came loose and fell off. "We were told the bolt and the shaft threads show no sign of wear or stress point damage from tension of the lifting system," she says. "It is likely that it loosened over time due to vibrations."
 
 
An assessment of the facility by VFA Inc identified a number of infrastructure deficiencies, including those related to fire protection, accessibility, asbestos abatement, and ergonomics of the equipment, ventilation, the electrical system and age of the equipment.
 
 
"The safety of Saskatoon Health Region employees is more important to us than keeping this facility open," says Bonnie Blakely, vice-president of people strategies with the SHR, in a statement.
 
 
Walker noted that the health region is considering a number of long-term solutions. They include building a new facility, remodeling the existing building or expanding nearby facilities to better meet the needs of the 48,000 square foot facility, which serves the three hospitals in Saskatoon and some long-term care homes in the province.
 
 
Walker adds that the affected employees – 56 full-time workers, 17 part-time and 27 casual workers – will be redeployed within the health region.
 
 
Glennis Bihun, executive director of the occupational health and safety division of Saskatchewan's Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, says that an active investigation into the incident continues. A stop-work order with regards to the lifting device was also issued, she adds.
 
 

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CANADA Alberta 58 Percent of Employers to See No Change or Reduction in 2012 Premiums

Fifty-eight percent of Alberta (Canada) employers will see no change or a reduction on their 2012 WCB premiums, according to a report from Alberta’s WCB.
 
 
Good performance means that top employers and their workers have developed suitable strategies to help those injured on the job recover at work, in a more positive environment than alone at home.
 
 
On the flip side, WCB-Alberta’s poor performance program aims to galvanize 1,600 poor performing employers to take immediate action to improve return-to-work planning and injury prevention practices. The strategy is working.
 
 
In 2012, 592 employers joined the PPS program, while 710 employers have improved their performance significantly enough to leave the program behind.
 
 
We all share responsibility for getting better at managing workplace injuries,” said Guy Kerr, president and CEO of WCB-Alberta. “Modified work, investments in safety and prevention, safety associations, occupational injury clinics, and many more of our joint initiatives are making a difference.”
 
 
Key 2011/2012 Trends
 
The number of workers with lost-time claims is expected to increase to approximately 27,400 (7.5 per cent) for this year and 3.7 per cent next year.
 
 
Average claim duration is expected to increase somewhat to 37.2 days in 2011 and 38 days in 2012.
 
 
Fully-funded claim costs are also on the rise as WCB forecasts year-end costs of $748.1 million, with another increase of 6.5 per cent expected for 2012.
 
 
Worker wage protection will also increase in 2012. WCB has raised the maximum insurable income (MIE) level to $86,700.
 
 
Alberta employers mitigated these inflationary trends through long-term investments in safety and return-to-work programs so that overall injury trends remained stable, leading to positive expectations for 2012. (WCxKit)
 
 
The lost-time claim rate should remain stable at 1.5 lost-time claims per 100 covered workers for the third year in a row.
 
 The disabling injury rate is expected to remain steady at 2.8 per 100 covered workers.

 

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British Columbia Gas and Dash Laws for Workers Changing

WorkSafeBC is changing British Columbia's gas-and-dash laws after businesses complained some of the regulations to protect late-night workers were not feasible.
 
 
According to information from The Canadian Press WorkSafeBC spokeswoman Roberta Ellis said employers now have a third option to protect workers that doesn't include hiring more employees or erecting barriers. (WCxKit)
 
 
Ellis denied the changes are watering down what's become known as Grant's Law, which was brought in after gas station attendant Grant DePatie was dragged to death in a gas-and-dash in March 2005
 
 
According to Ellis, the pre-pay gas policy remains, but employers now have the option of taking other safety measures to avoid hiring additional staff or erecting cage-like barriers in late-night stores.
 
 
But if employers include the third option, which involves eight safety controls, they are obligated to implement each one and can't pick and choose among them, Ellis said.
 
 
The third option steps are: installing a time-lock safe that can't be opened during late night hours, storing most cash and lottery tickets in the time-lock safe, ensuring good visibility inside and outside of store, limiting access to inside of store, monitoring business by video surveillance and erecting signs advising that the safe can't be opened, that there is limited cash and lottery tickets on sight and that the store is monitored by video.
 
 
The third option also requires that late-night employees must be at least 19 years old and provided with emergency transmitters monitored by the employer, a security company or another person designated by the employers.
 
 
The amendments become effective on April 15, 2012.
 
 
The Western Canadian Convenience Store Association, representing 2,400 stores with 25,000 employees, released a statement backing the amendments. (WCxKit)
 
 
B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair noted pressure from the business lobby prompted WorkSafeBC to change some of the best worker-protection regulations in North America.
 
 
 

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Massachusetts Roofing Company, Owners Arraigned in Scam

A Watertown, Massachusetts roofing company and its owners have been arraigned on charges they allegedly failed to disclose millions of dollars in misclassified subcontractor payroll and failed to pay the prevailing wage, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced.


Shaun Bryan and Antoinette Capurso-Bryan, of Newton, and their company, Newton Contracting Company, Inc., of Watertown, were arraigned on the following charges:(WCxKit)


Shaun Bryan, 47, of Newton
Workers Compensation Premium Evasion (4 counts)
Unemployment Contribution Evasion (12 counts)
Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors (4 counts)
Failure to Pay the Prevailing Wage


Newton Contracting Company Inc., of Watertown
Workers Compensation Premium Evasion (4 counts)
Unemployment Contribution Evasion (12 counts)
Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors (4 counts)
Failure to Pay the Prevailing Wage


Antoinette Capurso-Bryan, 47, of Newton
Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors (4 counts)
Failure to Pay the Prevailing Wage


Authorities began an investigation into the Bryans and their company in late 2008, after the JTF received complaints that Newton Contracting was misclassifying part of its workforce. The Attorney General’s Office also received a complaint that Newton Contracting had misclassified its roofing employees as laborers at the Suffolk County Jail Project and consequently failed to pay their employees the prevailing wage rate.


The EOLWD’s Division of Unemployment Assistance (EOLWD\DUA) conducted a compliance audit of Newton Contracting’s payroll records in early 2009. The EOLWD\DUA determined that Newton Contracting misclassified multiple employees as independent contractors and consequently failed to disclose to the EOLWD\DUA more than $2.4 million in misclassified subcontractor payroll for each quarter during 2006 through 2008. The EOLWD\DUA assessed more than $52,000 in additional unemployment contributions, including interest, against Newton Contracting.


During this time the IFB began an investigation of four of Newton Contracting’s worker’s compensation policies covering July 1, 2005, through July 1, 2009. The IFB discovered that the company allegedly misclassified half of its workforce as subcontractors. The IFB’s investigation further revealed that during its annual workers comp audits, Shaun Bryan allegedly failed to disclose to the auditor more than $3.4 million of Newton Contracting’s misclassified subcontractor payroll over the course of four policy periods.


The AG’s Fair Labor Division received a complaint that in 2009 Newton Contracting’s employees performing roofing work at the Suffolk County Jail Project were misclassified as laborers. The prevailing wage rate for roofing work was $53.86. Newton Contracting paid the workers $44.10 hour. In 2010, Newton Contracting paid two employees more than $5,000 in restitution for the misclassification and consequent failure to pay the prevailing wage violation.


A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against all three defendants on Dec. 19. The defendants were arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court where each pleaded not guilty and were released on personal recognizance.(WCxKit)


The defendants were to be in court Jan. 6, 2012 for further proceedings.


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CANADA Alberta Labor Groups Seek More Workplace Protections

Alberta labour groups are calling on the province to do more to prevent a growing number of workplace fatalities, according to a report from The Canadian Press.
 
 
The call for action comes shortly after an Edmonton worker was killed by a steel beam that collapsed at an Edmonton jobsite. (WCxKit)
 
 
The employee's death marks Alberta's 14th workplace fatality this year, which is four more than in all of 2010.
 
 
Construction worker Ali Fattah says nobody seems to be taking the situation seriously so it is becoming more dangerous.
 
 
He says a lot of the accidents are preventable.
 
 
Barrie Harrison, with the Occupational Health and Safety board, is among those at the provincial level working to prevent what he admits are too many injuries and fatalities in an inherently dangerous construction sector.
 
 
Harrison cites worker and employer safety education as a crucial part of the provincial safety strategy. He also points to the hiring of new OHS inspectors and targeted job site inspections that are intended to make jobsites safer.
 
 
While the Alberta Federation of Labour agrees education is part of the solution, it feels what the province is doing isn't enough.
 
 
The labour group's Gil McGowan says in Alberta the new inspectors only replace the inspectors who were laid-off during the Klein years, and employers receive advanced warnings about the targeted inspections, which defeats their purpose.
 
 
He believes those factors contribute to the province lagging behind all others when it comes to safety.
 
 
McGowan also blames the high workplace fatality numbers on the province ignoring warnings, and not taking advantage of a lull in development to adequately prepare for safety issues related to our province's returning growth. (WCxKit)
 
 
McGowan noted further tragedies could be averted if the government puts what he believes is just talk into action  specifically more unannounced inspections, and a more aggressive approach to prosecuting employers who put their workers at risk.
 
 
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Saskatoon Judge: Seatbelts Can Be a Hazard

For workers who spend the days behind the wheel, it would make sense to assume that the thin strip of nylon or polyester that keeps them pinned to their seats in case of a collision is there to keep them safe from harm.

 
But a Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench judge recently ruled that buckling up may actually be more dangerous for bus drivers, according to a report from the Canadian OH&S News. In an Oct. 20 decision, Justice Grant Currie overturned Saskatoon bus driver Dean Christianson's traffic court conviction for failing to wear his seatbelt. (WCxKit)
 
"His experiences, and those of others that had come to his attention in the course of working in his industry, gave him reason to believe that his safety may be compromised by wearing a seatbelt," Justice Currie wrote. Christianson believed that if passengers on the bus assaulted him, being buckled in would make him less able to defend himself.

 

In his initial traffic safety court trial, Christianson called violence against transit operators a "growing, nationwide epidemic," noting that he been threatened by three people riding on the bus at the time he was pulled over.

 

"As someone who has been spit on, I discovered that you do not know who is going to grab your steering wheel while you're driving or sucker punch you, or stab you, or spit on you. You have no idea who it's coming from," he said. "Some of the drivers have been sucker punched while they are driving and took repetitive blows while trying to get their seatbelt off so they can defend themselves."

 

Under Saskatchewan's Traffic Safety Act, a bus driver is not required to wear a seatbelt if they have reason to feel it may put them at risk of injury.

 

The Crown had argued that the exemption only applied when there was a specific risk of injury, but Justice Currie ruled that the regulation could also be applied to a driver who "may be continuously exposed to a compromise of his or her safety on a random basis." (WCxKit)
 
A Saskatoon civic policy states that all public employees must be buckled in whenever they're behind the wheel of a city vehicle, but the transit union is hoping this ruling will help change that policy, first introduced three years ago.

 

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British Columbia Delegates Meet to Form Workplace Safety Strategy

More than 300 local government delegates from across B.C. met in Vancouver recently to share strategies and reaffirm their commitment to protecting workers from occupational injury, disease, and death, according to a report from WorkSafeBC.
 
 
The 2011 BC Municipal Occupational Health and Safety Conference provided a forum for governments, municipalities, school boards, and other public sector agencies to exchange success stories about improving health and safety in the workplace through a series of presentations, workshops, and panel discussions. The BC Municipal Safety Association (BCMSA), CUPE BC, and WorkSafeBC sponsored the conference. (WCxKit)
 
 
These discussions affect a significant portion of Vancouver’s working public. Approximately 513 employers, responsible for the occupational health and safety of more than 39,800 workers, are registered with WorkSafeBC’s local government sector. Between 2006 and 2010, this sector experienced a 20 percent decrease in workplace injuries. Yet, despite the encouraging news, WorkSafeBC accepted more than 9,100 injury claims — 2,200 of which were labeled serious injuries — during the same time period. 
 
 
Public sector workers are exposed to a wide variety of hazards,” says Cathy Cook, conference chairperson and executive director of the BCMSA. “We have put together these sessions to help employers, supervisors, and workers be aware of the hazards and provide them with some real-life solutions to improve their safety.”
 
 
The BC Municipal Safety Association is a non-profit society that provides a common focal point for occupational health and safety concerns in the municipal environment. Its purpose is to identify and address these concerns, and to create learning opportunities for its members. All employers in the local government and related operations classification unit are members of the BCMSA. (WCxKit)
 
 
BCMSA’s increased safety training throughout the province, their enhanced Web site, e-newsletter, and overall engagement in the municipal sector on safety matters is making a difference,” says Ed Dowling, general industries manager for WorkSafeBC’s Industry and Labour Services. “The feedback from past conferences is outstanding. Employers, supervisors, and employee representatives are returning to their worksites as safety champions. We see a compounding effect — demonstrated by a 20 percent decrease in injuries since 2006.”
 
 
Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. She is the author of the #1 selling book on cost containment, Manage Your Workers Compensation: Reduce Costs 20-50%.  Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.
 
 
 
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Nova Scotia Workers Compensation Board Accepts Privacy Recommendations

The Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB) is accepting the recommendations of a privacy review report recently unveiled by the Privacy Review Office (PRO). To see the report, visit:  http://foipop.ns.ca/rep_recent.html  .
 
 
According to a report from the agency, the WCB will implement some of the recommendations immediately, and others, it will accept in principle with the process of implementation to happen over time. (WCxKit)
 
 
“We have a strong privacy policy in place and we continue to evolve our approach and make improvements to protect the information of those we serve,” said Leo McKenna, CFO, and VP of Corporate Services. “The privacy review has been a valuable learning process for the WCB and we’ve gained some fresh perspective and helpful feedback.”
 
 
The WCB handles more than one million claim-related documents and payment transactions every year, most containing personally identifying information. All WCB employees are required to complete annual privacy training with a focus on containing breaches, remedying and learning from them in order to prevent further breaches. (WCxKit)
 
 
Privacy breaches, much like workplace injuries, can be prevented and our employees achieve this in the vast majority of our transactions,” said McKenna. “However, just as we believe one workplace injury is too many, we also believe one privacy breach is too many, and we will continue to strive towards achieving this goal.”
 
Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. See www.LowerWC.com for more information. Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.
 

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