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There were 32 work-related deaths in BC's construction industry in 2018

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Kenneth Chan Jan 07, 2019 3:44 pm

Throughout 2018, there were 32 work-related deaths in the construction industry, according to new data provided by BC Building Trades.

This includes 10 deaths from traumatic injury, 19 from asbestos-related disease, and three due to other illnesses, such as silica dust and ammonia.

Working conditions in the province’s construction industry were completely revamped following the Four Bentall Centre office tower construction tragedy on January 7, 1981, when four workers fell 36 floors to their death after the fly form they were standing on collapsed.

While safety and working standards have greatly improved, construction workers continue to sustain an occupational fatality rate that is three times the provincial average. Since the incident at the Bentall complex, over 1,000 construction workers have died in the province due to trauma at the workplace or disease.

“Workplace safety must be made a priority,” said Tim Sigurdson, executive director of BC Building Trades, in a statement. “With the proper emphasis on safety, training, and enforcement, we can prevent worker deaths and injuries.”

The latest improvement to local practices was made on December 30, 2018, when the import, sale, and use of asbestos and the manufacture, import, sale and use of products containing asbestos was officially banned in Canada.

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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