Safety rules ‘voluminous, complex’: Court

Rejects contempt of court application by WorkSafeBC
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/01/2016

A decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia has raised eyebrows after it rejected a contempt of court application by B.C.’s workers’ compensation board against two asbestos removal contractors and their firm — despite hundreds of violations of safety laws and regulations over the last few years — saying the rules are “voluminous and complex” and difficult to understand.

“I have to tell you, the labour movement and the employer community, everybody out here is going, ‘What the hell? This is ludicrous,’” said Lee Loftus, business manager of the BC Insulators Union. 

“What’s a legitimate employer to do today? How’s he supposed to actually function if there are other people that aren’t following the rules, there’s no set of standards now. Is that what this means?”