Media Release: Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission Releases Assessment Rates for 2016

Yellowknife, NT (November 5, 2015) – Today, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut released its 2016 employer assessment rates.

New this year, employers can conveniently access the individual subclass rates for all industries for the upcoming year via WSCC Connect, the WSCC’s new e-Business service.

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Media Release: WSCC Launches e-Business Services

Yellowknife, NT (October 26, 2015) – Today, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) announces the release of WSCC Connect, our new e-Business services.

Engagement with Northerners identified a need for online access to WSCC services. WSCC Connect now delivers on making information easier for employers to access and complete all at their convenience online.

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Media Release: Bill Prodromidis is found guilty of obstructing or hindering a Safety Officer

Yellowknife, NT (October 9, 2015) – On October 6, 2015, Bill Prodromidis, a former Marine Manager, employed by the Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Transportation,  was found guilty under Section 10(1) of the Safety Act.

This finding stemmed from an incident that took place on August 29, 2013 at Mr. Prodromidis’ former office in Fort McPherson.

Mr. Prodromidis will appear before the Court later this year for a sentencing hearing. 

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Notice to Employers

The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) was recently notified that unauthorized training providers are using aggressive sales tactics with misleading information about workplace training. These training providers have been contacting businesses indicating that their organization must take specific Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training to comply with the law. 

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WSCC Announces New Chief Inspector of Mines

The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) proudly announces the promotion of Fred Bailey to his new role as Chief Inspector of Mines, Prevention Services.

Fred has over 34 years of experience working in the mining industry. In the North, he worked at the Minto, Elsa, Snap Lake, and Nanisivik Mines. He has also worked at a number of international mines, such as the El Mochito Mine in Honduras, Jena Mine in Zimbabwe, and El Limon Mine in Nicaragua.

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Media Release: Notice of Imminent Danger, Polaris Apartments

Yellowknife, NT (June 19, 2015) – Today, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission, Prevention Services, issued Imminent Danger directions as part of an inspection report of the Polaris Apartments in Yellowknife.

The directions stemmed from a June 14, 2015 fire that caused significant damage to the Yellowknife apartment building, rendering it structurally unstable.

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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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