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New fall protection regulations proposed for B.C.

VICTORIA, B.C. -- The B.C. Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) has proposed amendments to its Occupational Health and...

VICTORIA, B.C. — The B.C. Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has proposed amendments to its Occupational Health and Safety regulations concerning fall protection guidelines.

The new regulations will affect transportation companies that operate only within the province of B.C. While the new regulations will continue to require employers to provide fall protection, provisions could include: requiring the use of a safety harness in fall arrest situations; setting out general requirements for equipment; require inspections and maintenance; and place a requirement on workers to use the fall protection systems.

The entire proposed regulation is available at Click on the "Comment on proposed occupational health and safety amendments" link to view the proposal.

Meanwhile, the WCB is hosting a number of technical information sessions throughout the province between January and March to discuss the new proposals with the industry. The sessions will take place in: Kamloops, Feb. 24; Kelowna, Mar. 23; Nanaimo, Jan. 29 and Mar. 11; Nelson, Feb. 26 and Mar. 30; Prince George, Jan. 27 and Mar. 9; and Richmond, Feb. 12 and Mar. 25.

If carriers have any concerns about the new regulations, they are urged to contact the B.C. Trucking Association which will then act on their behalf.

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