SAFETY NOTICE All Labourers working at Vancouver Wharves will use the Safety Walkways to cross the Rail Line. Thank you, Local 500 Business Agents.

Cellular Phones & Audio Devices

NOTICE CELLULAR PHONES It has become apparent to the Safety Committee the need to re-emphasize the Joint Industry Safety Committee’s Rule: “NOT TO USE CELL PHONES WHILE OPERATING ANY TYPE OF EQUIPMENT” This Rule also complements the one of: “NO … Continue reading

RO RO Type Vessels

NOTICE It is still the Policy of Local 500 not to carry loads elevated from the dock to the stow when we are loading the ramps and stern of the vessel. All Safety Manuals dictates that a load must be … Continue reading

Discharge of Long Steel Pipes

Attention Brothers/Sisters It has been brought to the Union’s attention that on two occasions there have been load failures during the discharge of long steel pipes Pipes: Slings must be double wrapped on the cargo to stop the load from … Continue reading

FYI – Wood Pellet Cargoes

Danger involved in the handling of wood pellets For urgent circulation Cargoes of wood pellets can emit carbon monoxide may result in a poisonous and explosive environment. A seaman was killed, three seamen were slightly injured, two dockworkers were injured … Continue reading

Cleaner Air

Greenhouse gasses and particulate matter are being created at an alarming rate. Policies are being drafted and implemented to help with clean air initiatives. We can do our part by not idling machinery, or even our personal vehicle, for long … Continue reading

Ladder Safety

There is to be ONE PERSON AT A TIME on a ladder — NO EXCEPTIONS. We had a situation where one person fell down a ladder while leaving a hatch and subsequently took out another person lower down the ladder. … Continue reading