MAY 2019                                                                             FRANÇAIS    
HOMEOWNERS' RESPONSIBILITIES
PLANNING HOME IMPROVEMENTS THIS SUMMER? YOU MAY NEED TO REGISTER WITH THE WSCC.

Northerners are looking forward to the milder summer months, and with the sunshine comes an opportunity to get some home improvements underway! Did you know that as a homeowner, you may be required to register with the WSCC as an employer? If you hire a construction or home repair worker, full or part-time, you may be considered an employer under the Safety Act.

If you have friends, family members, or professionals performing paid or unpaid work in or on your home, you may be considered an employer. If you are considered an employer, you will need to comply with what is required of you under the Workers' Compensation Act, Safety Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. It is important that you know and understand what your responsibilities are as a homeowner.

Whether you are considered an employer or not, you should always:
  • Ask the contractor to provide proof of registration with the WSCC; 
  • Ask for an outline of their tasks and safety precautions;
  • Make the worker aware of any hazards that may exist in and around your property; 
  • Ensure that they are qualified to do the work you have commissioned; 
  • Request proof of first aid certification; and
  • Ensure that they have appropriate safety equipment to complete the job safely.
If you aren't sure if you would be considered an employer, or if you would like more information on what is required of you under the Act, contact the WSCC and ask for our Employer Services department.
 

WORKERS' ADVISOR
PROVIDING SUPPORT TO INJURED WORKERS



The Workers' Advisor Office (WAO) is available to assist injured workers and their dependents during the claims process. This is an independent resource, which is available to all injured workers at no cost.

What Services can the Workers' Advisor help me with?
  • Obtaining information from the WSCC on their behalf;  
  • Helping clients communicate with the WSCC;
  • Explaining the WSCC process and decisions;
  • Reviewing file evidence, and obtaining further evidence that may be necessary to support their case;
  • Assisting injured workers to prepare and present submissions to all WSCC decision-making levels; and
  • Referring clients to other community services.
     
NEW OFFICE SPACE IN YELLOWKNIFE
The Yellowknife Office will provide a private meeting space for workers wishing to access the services of the WAO. 

The new address is: Unit #206, 4817 49th St. Yellowknife, NT - The Bowling Green Building.

Yellowknife, NT
Phone: 867-444-0051
Fax: 867-873-5477
Email: advisor@workersadvisor.ca

Cambridge Bay, NU
Phone: 867-979-5303
Fax: 867-983-2187
Toll-free: 1-866-727-3830
Email: deputyadvisor@workersadvisor.ca
#GEARUP FOR MINE RESCUE!
JOIN US: SATURDAY, JUNE 1ST IN YELLOWKNIFE



The annual Mine Rescue Competition is in its 62nd year, and it is coming up on Saturday, June 1st. Every year mine rescue teams from across the north come together to test their physical and mental strength, challenging themselves in mine rescue techniques and emergency response as they compete for the Overall Surface and Overall Underground Mine Rescue Trophies. This is a public event, and we want to see you there! 

Why is the Mine Rescue Competition important? Because, in addition to fostering friendly competition, these territorial, national, and international competitions are critical for information sharing, and developing best industry practices to keep mine workers safe. Teams learn from one another, develop together, and keep up to date with the newest technology. If disaster strikes, a skilled mine rescue team is everyone's best chance for safety and survival in a critical situation.

EVENT DETAILS

Event: 2019 Annual Mine Rescue Competition and Miner's Picnic 
(Free public BBQ)
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM MST
Where: Yellowknife Multiplex parking lot (41 Kam Lake Road)

This family-friendly event gives spectators a chance to watch teams from across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, demonstrate their mine safety techniques in various skill-testing competitions. This year, the teams are:

Surface teams
  • Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine (NT) - De Beers Canada Inc.
  • Baffinland Iron Mine (NU) - Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation
  • Meadowbank Gold Mine (NU) - Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.
Underground teams
  • Diavik Diamond Mine (NT) - Rio Tinto Ltd.
  • Hope Bay Gold Mine (NU) - TMAC Resources Inc.
  • Meliadine Gold Project (NU) - Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.
For more information on the upcoming event, visit our Mine Rescue Competition page. We hope to see you there.


TOOLBOX TALKS 101
GOVERNMENT WEEK IN JUNE



To mark Safety and Health Week (May 5 to 11), the WSCC launched Toolbox Talks 101. We would like to thank everyone for participating. We visited over 30 employers across 6 communities in the NT and NU and will continue with Safety and Health Week for Government Offices June 24th-28th

Government Employees - The WSCC wants to help you plan and deliver your own Toolbox Talk. We will work with you or your department's safety representative to plan and deliver safety messaging to your team. Using a topic of your choosing, we will guide your team in preparing material or information beforehand, and be on site to answer any questions that come up as they deliver the talk. 

Participation is easy; just head to our Registration Page to sign up today!



















SUMMER CONSTRUCTION 
KICK-OFF



WSCC hosted several Summer Construction Season Kick-Off sessions in April and May. These events were held in Iqaluit, Yellowknife, and Hay River, reaching over 20 construction companies and governmental departments.

The sessions involved presentations on Reporting Requirements, Internal Responsibility System, Clearance Requests, Return to Work, and Claims Processing, followed by a question and answer panel. 

The WSCC wants to reach even more employers, and if your company would like a similar presentation, please reach out to us and request a session at ohsregs@wscc.nt.ca.



















OFFICE CLOSURES

WSCC's offices in NT are closed for National Indigenous Peoples Day on Friday, June 21st. The office will reopen on Monday, June 24th at 8:30 AM.

To report a serious workplace injury or incident, call 1-800-661-0792.

To report unsafe work, use our Report Unsafe Work service on WSCC Connect.


wscc.nt.ca   /  1.800.661.0792   *   wscc.nu.ca  /  1.877.404.4407