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WorkSafeBC has issued 320 orders to BC businesses for COVID-19 violations

WorkSafe BC has been busy making sure BC businesses follow COVID-19 reopening requirements.

As of June 26, the agency had handed out 320 orders and conducted more than 12,000 worksite health inspections related to the virus.

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Those 320 violations break down like this:

  • 101 orders to the service sector - restaurants, hotels, gyms and hair salons;
  • 79 orders to the manufacturing sector - meat processing, sawmills, and pharmaceuticals;
  • 62 orders to the trade sector - retail and wholesale operations, supermarkets, and service stations;
  • 55 orders to the construction sector - commercial and residential construction, roofing, and mechanical installation;
  • 18 orders to primary resources sector - forestry, oil and gas, fishing, and agriculture;
  • 3 orders to the public sector - government and law enforcement;
  • 2 orders to transportation and warehousing - taxis and ride-hailing, movers, transit, ferries, recycling depots, warehouses.

"The focus of our inspections has been to ensure employers have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. This plan needs to assess the risks to workers, and implement measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace," said Craig Fitzsimmons, in a statement to NowMedia.

"Overall, the vast majority of employers are taking health and safety very seriously during the re-opening. Our inspections are finding that businesses want to be in compliance, and our prevention officers are providing support to help them have an effective COVID-19 Safety Plan."

Information about prevention data and inspections can be found online.

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