Media Release: Workers’ Safety & Compensation Commission 58th Annual Mine Rescue Competition

Yellowknife, NT (June 16, 2015) – Saturday, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) announced  the winners of the 58th Annual Mine Rescue Competition, held June 12-13, 2015 in Yellowknife.  Ekati Diamond Mine took home the Overall Surface and the Overall Underground trophies.

The two-day competition saw seven teams from six mines demonstrate mine surface and underground response and rescue skills. Mines from the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon, and British Columbia competed.

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Media Release: Government of the Northwest Territories pleaded guilty to a charge under the Northwest Territories Safety Act

Yellowknife, NT (June 5, 2015) – On June 4, the Government of the Northwest Territories, as represented by the Department of Public Works and Services and the Department of Education, Culture and Employment, appeared in the Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories and pleaded guilty to a charge of non-compliance with Section 4(1)(b) of the Safety Act.

As an employer, the Government of the Northwest Territories failed to take all reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety of persons on a worksite.

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Media Release: New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations - It’s the law in the Northwest Territories

Yellowknife, NT (June 1, 2015) – The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) reminds everyone that beginning today the new Occupational Health and Safety Regulations are law. They will become law in Nunavut later in 2015, following changes to their Safety Act.

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Media Release: J&N Moving Ltd. pleaded guilty to a charge under the Environmental Tobacco Smoke Work Site Regulations

Iqaluit, NU (May 27, 2015) – On May 20, a representative of J&N Moving Ltd., appeared in the Justice of the Peace Court in Iqaluit and pleaded guilty to Section 1(a) of the Environmental Tobacco Smoke Work Site Regulations, made pursuant to the Safety Act. As an employer, J&N Moving Ltd. failed to control the exposure of workers to environmental tobacco smoke at an enclosed work site.

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It’s Your Job Territorial Youth Video Contest Winners Advance to National Stage

A video by Yellowknife high school students that encourages youth to be aware of workplace hazards has won first prize in the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission’s It’s Your Job territorial high school video contest.

The winning team includes students Madison James, Savannah Lane, Tim Herrera, and Briant Kotchea of École St. Patrick High School, in Yellowknife. Their video, “All Thanks to the WSCC”, won $1,000 with a matching prize of $1,000 for their school.

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Judy Kainz: A new role with the WSCC

The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Kainz in her new role at the WSCC as Director, Prevention Services.

Judy has over 30 years of experience working in occupational health and safety roles for a number of companies, including multinational manufacturing companies such as Kellogg’s and Parmalat, and Northern companies such as Qulliq Energy Corporation.

Judy joined the WSCC as the Chief Safety Officer in 2008. For the last eight years, she has worked with stakeholders to advance the Northern safety culture.

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Media Release: Rowe’s Construction plead guilty to a charge under the Northwest Territories General Safety Regulations

Rowe’s Construction plead guilty to a charge under the Northwest Territories General Safety Regulations

Yellowknife, NT (April 14, 2015) – On April 1, representatives of 851791 N.W.T. LTD., operating as Rowe’s Construction, appeared in the Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories in Yellowknife and plead guilty to Section 9 of the General Safety Regulations.  As an employer, Rowe’s failed to ensure the adequate instruction of each worker in the safe performance of their duties.

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Media Release: New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations Coming this Year

New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations Coming this Year

Yellowknife, NT (April 16, 2015) – The Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) is excited to announce that the New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations will become law in the Northwest Territories on June 1, 2015. They will become law in Nunavut later in 2015, following changes to their Safety Act.

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Are you planning to harvest morel mushrooms in the Northwest Territories?

Are you working for an employer or on your own?

Most workers automatically receive Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) coverage through their employers. If they get hurt at work, or become sick because of work, we provide benefits for them.

If you are harvesting morel mushrooms in the Northwest Territories and you work for yourself, you are not covered by the WSCC. If you want to receive the same benefits and protections as other workers, you can buy Personal Optional Coverage from the WSCC.

Benefits may include:

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