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B.C. Place ordered to take actions on violence against staff

A recent WorkSafeBC inspection of B.C. Place — the Vancouver stadium that hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics and Expo 86, and also the home venue for Canadian Football League team The B.C. Lions — has yielded orders for the venue to comply with anti-violence workplace regulations by Dec. 28.

Following a Nov. 20 inspection of the stadium, the British Columbia workers’ compensation authority issued a report noting three outstanding compliance orders. WorkSafeBC accused B.C. Pavilion Corporation (PavCo), the Crown corporation that owns the venue, of failing to establish anti-violence policies and procedures, to inform employees of the risk of violence at the venue and to prepare sufficient supplementary instructions for employees at risk, according to a copy of the report that WorkSafeBC has provided to COHSN.

“There have been instances of violence at this worksite. Some of these incidents have resulted in workers requiring medical treatment,” the report stated. “A consultant was hired to review violence at this worksite… The results of this review have not been communicated to workers.”

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