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Media Release: WSCC releases assessment rates for 2019

Yellowknife, NT (November 26, 2018) – The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (WSCC) have announced the 2019 employer assessment rates.

This year, the average provisional assessment rate will be $2.10 per $100 assessable payroll. This provisional target rate is the rate employers would pay if there was only one rate for all employers, and is the rate the WSCC uses as a starting point when setting individual subclass rates.

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Media Release: LSI Transport NWT Limited sentenced for offences under the Northwest Territories’ Safety Act

Yellowknife, NT (November 15, 2018) – On November 7, 2018, LSI Transport NWT Limited appeared in the Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories in Yellowknife and was sentenced for offences under the Northwest Territories’ Safety Act.

The Prosecutor and Counsel for LSI Transport NWT Limited jointly proposed a sentence of a global fine of $40,000. The Judge accepted the joint sentencing proposal, along with the recommendation for a Victim of Crime Surcharge in the amount of 15% of the fine.

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The Importance of Statistics

It has been awhile since I updated this blog, and for that, I apologize. I have been speaking with many workers and employers and asking what they would like to see in the blog. Statistics was the response the vast majority of people gave.

Every month, the WSCC releases statistics on injuries from the previous month to help remind us all why safety is #worthit. Our Communications team creates this monthly pictogram to give you a snapshot of what is happening in the world of workplace safety across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

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The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission responds to recommendations from the Office of the Chief Coroner of the Northwest Territories

Yellowknife, NT (July 31, 2018) – The WSCC has responded to the recommendations made by the Office of the Chief Coroner of the Northwest Territories following the coroner’s investigation into the death of David John Vinnicombe, a worker who was fatally injured at a worksite near Inuvik, Northwest Territories on June 28, 2016.

All recommendations have been reviewed and a summary of the responses are as follows:

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Media Release: The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission Lay Charges under the Northwest Territories’ Safety Act

Yellowknife, NT (July 10, 2018) – On June 29, 2018, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission filed five charges in the Northwest Territories’ Territorial Court under the Northwest Territories’ Safety Act.

LSI Transport NWT Limited and Supervisor Richard German are charged with multiple counts, which allege various offences in violation of the Safety Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, including failing to:

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Media Release: Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission Announces Winners of 61st Annual Mine Rescue Competition

Yellowknife, NT (June 6, 2018) – On Saturday, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) announced the winners of the 61st Annual Mine Rescue Competition, held June 1 and 2, 2018 in Yellowknife. Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine of De Beers Canada took home the Overall Surface trophy, and Diavik Diamond Mine of Rio Tinto Ltd. took home the Overall Underground trophy.

The two-day competition saw eight teams from eight mines demonstrate mine surface and underground response and rescue skills. Mines from the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Ontario competed.

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Media Release: The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission Lay Charges under the Northwest Territories Safety Act

Yellowknife, NT (May 29, 2018) – On April 24, 2018, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission filed five charges in the Northwest Territories’ Territorial Court under the Northwest Territories’ Safety Act.

The North West Company Inc. and the North West Company LP are charged with multiple counts  which allege various offences in violation of the Safety Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, including failing to:

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