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R I N C E G E ORG E – For Wi l l ia m L acy, t he new President of the Board of Directors of the BC Northern Real Estate Board (BCNREB) the local market so far this year could only be described as active. A trend he expects to increase as the year progresses. “Our Board certainly serves a multitude of different geographic areas. You can basically divide our coverage area into two sections, the NorthNorth and the South-North,” he explained. “In the South-North, where the major population centres are we’ve seen a fantastic boost in activity so far this year due in large part to the early spring. The

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AWSON CR EEK – T he Canadian economy rolls in large part on wheels, typically 18 of them. The commercial trucking industry is involved in moving more than 65 million shipments per year in Canada, which works out to more than 700 billion kilograms of goods being transported more than 41 billion kilometers per annum. That’s roughly the same as a trip from Earth to Pluto, nearly five and a half times over! In addition, according to information released by SafetyDriven

– the Trucking Safety Council of BC (TSCBC), a non-profit organization created to help improve occupational health and safety in the trucking and related industries, the BC commercial trucking industry recorded an industry injury rate of 4.7 incidents per 100 workers in 2014, double the provincial average of 2.3 across all industries. Trucking is vital to the provincial and national economies, but it can be a dangerous profession. “Back i n 1996 com mercia l trucking in BC had an injury rate of 10.4 incidents per hundred workers. Since then there’s been a

real strong push toward improving safety in the industry and that number has dropped to 4.7 by 2014, a significant decrease,” explained Mark Donnelly, SafetyDriven’s Executive Director. “The challenge though, despite the rate dropping by more than half in the past 20 years, that number is still double the provincial average across all industries. The trucking industry has made huge improvements but there is still a ways to go, and that’s where we come in.” SafetyDriven’s role is to help companies across the province in the general trucking and moving

and storage industries become even safer. It does this by assisting companies develop their individual safety and health and wellness programs as well as providing training, advisory services and other helpful information, and all of these services are provided at no cost to companies in these industries. The trucking industry in BC is vast. Information from the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) shows that there are approximately 161,000 trucks on the road in the province which represents SEE SAFETYDRIVEN | PAGE 6

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