Rope Access in British Columbia
Petition to the Government of BRITISH COLUMBIA Premier Christy Clark Minister of Labour Stephanie Cadieux Elected Members of British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly We, the undersigned Residents, Business Owners, Unions, Employers, Employees of British Columbia draw the attention of the Government to the following: THAT, the Government of British Columbia Guidelines under BC OHS 11.5 do not currently cover Industrial Rope Access. We wish to see an amendment to legislation to allow us to work with the most modern and safe resources available. We feel the continued use of traditional fall protection systems is hazardous and negligent to trained rope access workers. There are simple legislations that cover this work in California and Alberta, yet not in British Columbia where this equipment is highly utilized everyday in entertainment, window washing, hydro, construction and other services: • Guidelines under the OHS 11.5 in British Columbia are based outdated methods. • Modern Rope Access has higher training standards, supervision requirement s, self-rescue capabilities and more efficient systems. • This equipment has previously been accepted on high profile project such as Canada Place and BC Place without incident. THEREFORE, we are requesting the review and addition of legislation that outlines acceptance of commonly used Rope Access equipment. (This will be the same equipment that has previously been acceptable to the Worksafe BC engineering department). We are asking you to please request WorksafeBC to re-evaluate the necessity of this work and not wait until a tragedy to create legislation. Industrial Rope Access has hundreds of thousands of work hours every year in BC affecting many industries, trades, unions and many of our provinces landmarks.