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Changes to the Workers Compensation Act (Bill 9) effective May 14, 2015

All forestry companies should be aware of the following changes to the Workers Compensation Act:
www.worksafebc.com Bill 9

Some of the changes are effective immediately and some come into effect in September 2015, while occupational health and safety citations for employers are expected to be introduced in early 2016.

Four changes are now in effect (as at May 14, 2015):  read more »

1st Annual Northern BC Safety Conference

Saturday, May 30, 2015

CN Centre – Kin 1
Prince George, BC

All conference participants must register by end of day May 21th.  Please go to https://secure.masterpromotions.ca/CNRE2015/?NBCSC15 to register.  read more »

Safety Alert - Fatality - 2015-04-06 - Pickup Truck Driver

On April 6th, a forestry worker was fatally injured when he was struck by a pickup truck on a resource road in the Smithers area. Two trucks were traveling together when the first driver pulled over and stepped outside of the truck. The truck that was following collided with the parked truck and the worker.  read more »

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Most Recent Safety Alerts

Trip Cable Bell: update to a previous hazard alert posted on March 3, 2015

Location: 
Throughout British Columbia
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

This memo serves as a clarification to the Hazard Alert Bulletin Dated March 3, 2015.

Interfor’s safety consultants "First Choice Truck Safety and Consulting" have concluded a thorough investigation into the failures of “D" rings (Tripping Bells). The following information has been compiled for the drivers and owners of all log haulers contracted to Interfor.

INVESTIGATION RESULTS – FACTS FOUND

Improperly loaded machine on lowbed results in collision with pickup truck on resource road

Location: 
Northern Interior
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A lowbed was travelling off-highway with a loader incorrectly loaded on the trailer (i.e., sideways) when it encountered a pickup on a narrow section of the road.

The pickup driver struck the track of the incorrectly loaded machine as it swerved trying to avoid the lowbed tractor, resulting in extensive damage to the pickup.

Snowshoes can be a tripping hazard - especially when snow levels are low

Location: 
Northern Interior
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Hazard:

  • Using snowshoes at a particular time of year when snow coverage is sparse (i.e., increased exposure to tripping hazards).
  • Substantial amount of blowdown in the block.
  • Minimal protection offered by wearing thin/lightweight pants.
  • Personal First Aid Kits not available in the sterile condition required.

Incident Summary:

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