Women on the Waterfront
To highlight the diversity of work and acknowledge the contributions women have made to the BC waterfront industry, the BCMEA has partnered with the leadership of the Longshore Union and the women of the industry.
“The Face of the Waterfront has Changed”
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Innovative New Hard Hat for Waterfront Operations
The BCMEA and its safety partner the ILWU will be rolling out a unique hard hat that is a perfect fit for the vibrant waterfront environment. After a detailed analysis on head injuries, and a comprehensive investigation of accidents, a Type II hard hat was determined to be necessary for jobs where a hard hat was previously not worn.
The selection process was rigorous and in the end Dynamic Safety International (DSI) Massif hard hat was chosen for both its functionality and its comfort. DSI is a Canadian manufacture with production facilities in Ontario and Quebec. The DSI Massif Type II Class E Hard Hat is a change from the current hard hat, as it provides lateral protection as well as top impact protection, has a shorter brim and comes equipped with a comfortable chin strap.
ILWU Canada members will be the first longshore workers in North America to use this type of hard hat and will lead most other industries in the move to the Type II hardhat which offers superior protection to the Type I hardhat.
The BCMEA applauds the collaborative work of the Industry Joint Safety Committee, and TSI and its Safety Committees for working together to find a hard hat that is right for the job leading to a safer waterfront.