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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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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