March 14, 2017
WorkSafeNB launches a new Safety Excellence NB portal today to
help New Brunswickers better understand safety obligations in the
residential construction industry.
The Crown corporation is also consulting industry organizations
and visiting project sites, delivering safety talks and providing
tools to help employers better prepare for WorkSafeNB health and
safety officer visits to residential construction sites.
“This is part of a long-term strategy to reduce injuries in this
industry and increase awareness on construction safety
legislation,” said Tim Petersen, WorkSafeNB’s acting president and
“Injuries can have devastating effects – not just on workers,
but their families, friends, co-workers and employers,” Petersen
said. “By educating industry partners, we provide the knowledge,
tools and awareness they need to better protect themselves and
WorkSafeNB began focusing on education and compliance efforts in
the residential construction industry last year with the addition
of two dedicated health and safety officers for the sector.
WorkSafeNB is also educating homeowners on their
responsibilities when taking on a residential renovation or
“Homeowners should ensure they hire competent and qualified
contractors and workers for any home renovation or new construction
project. They should ask about a company’s safety record and ensure
the firm is properly insured,” Petersen said.
You can check that a company carries workers’ compensation
coverage by going to worksafenb.ca and choosing “MyServices.”
Select “clearance certificates” to search for a company by
WorkSafeNB staff will be available at the Atlantic National Home
Show (March 17-19, Harbour Station, Saint John) and Greater
Moncton Home Show (March 24-26, Moncton Coliseum) to meet with
homeowners and industry workers to answer questions about home
construction and renovation safety.
To learn more about residential construction strategy or Safety
Excellence NB, go to worksafenb.ca.
Safety Excellence NB
Residential Construction portal
Guide to OHS Legislation