WorkSafeBC has made a ruling that requires all Whistler Blackcomb employees and volunteers to wear mandatory helmets when skiing or riding. While this rule change is effective immediately on the mountain, it will not be enforced until May 4th. The cause of the change is unknown, however Whistler Blackcomb was notified last week that they were not in compliance with the WorkSafeBC legislation.
Section 8.11 of the Workers Compensations Act states: “Safety Headgear must be worn by a worker in any work area where there is a danger of head injury from falling, flying or thrown objects, or hamful contacts.” This rule has been in the legislation for many years, but was never applied to ski hill employees.
Employees on the mountain will be required to provide their own certified helmet for the workplace, with the option to lend helmets for the remaining on this season.