OHS Insider Month in Review – November 2018 Alberta
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Oct.: This fall, OHS inspectors will conduct targeted inspections of fall protection at residential construction sites, specifically focusing on:
- Fall protection plans
- Worker instruction
- Clearance, maximum arresting force and swing
- Hazard assessments for work from ladders, scaffolds and mobile work platforms.
Oct. 10: Chastened by the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus tragedy, Alberta has decided to implement new entry-level safety training for Class 1 and Class 2 drivers starting March 1, 2019. Drivers getting a Class 1 or Class 2 licence between now and then will have to take the new enhanced knowledge and road test (at government expense) when it goes into effect in March.
Dec. 1: OHS Code changes take effect to increase protection for waged, non-family workers on farms and ranches, including mandatory:
- Emergency evacuation plans
- Protections against falls into bins and hoppers
- PPE training
- Mechanical equipment for moving heavy and awkward loads
- Machine guarding
- Standards for scaffolding
- Workplace violence prevention plans.
Farm Safety Grants
Oct. 15: Alberta launched a new 3-year program providing up to $6 million to help employers offset the costs of complying with the new OHS Code requirements for farm workers that take effect on Dec. 1. Details:
- Grant covers up to 50% of eligible safety expenses up to $5K per year or $10K over life of program
- Eligible expenses include first aid kits, warning signs, fire extinguishers, PPE, respirators, seat belts and OHS training.
Most recently posted OHS fines in Alberta:
|$90,000||Technoworx Inc.||Disabling of safety interlock system allowed worker to sand material in lathe while it’s in motion. Result: Worker pulled into machine and seriously injured||Failure to ensure equipment was assembled and operated in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions|
|$28,500||Jason Scott Wright (charges against his water piping firm dropped)||Worker installing piling structures hit by bucket of an excavator suffering serious injuries||Failure to ensure health, safety and welfare of a worker|
Jan. 1: Maximum assessable earnings will remain $98,700 for the full 2018 year but the WCB is revising the MAE calculation formula for 2019.