Public Inquiry into Health and Safety in the Construction Sector

June 16, 2020

The VDLC supports the call of the BC Building Trades Council for a Public Inquiry Into Health and Safety in the Construction Sector. All workers deserve safe, healthy, and sanitary workplaces. 

VDLC delegates adopted the following motion at the June 16, 2020, regular meeting. 

Subject: Public Inquiry into Health and Safety in the Construction Sector

BECAUSE the BC Building Trades Council is calling for a public inquiry into health and safety in the construction sector; and

BECAUSE the inquiry is one of the council’s recommendations to the Premier’s Economic Recovery Task Force, which brings together leaders from labour, business, First Nations and the non-profit sector to inform the province’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
BECAUSE the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a cultural of non-compliance in certain sectors of the construction industry, and without continued enforcement, sanitation practices will return to their poor pre-pandemic state; and
BECAUSE the legacy of COVID-19 should be safe and healthy construction sites where sanitation and hygiene practices abide WorkSafeBC’s occupational health and safety regulations, and the orders of the public health officer,

THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL endorse the call of the BC Building Trades Council for a public inquiry into health and safety in the construction sector.

To read the BC Building Trades Council news release calling for a public inquiry, click HERE

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