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Making SAFE Choices Stick

Are you asking your forestry or logging workers to make small changes to their routines in order to create a safer workplace? Is it working? Could it work better?  read more »

Distracted driving kills. Leave the phone alone!

The BC government, ICBC and police have launched a distracted driving campaign with new advertising and increased police enforcement this month (September 2014).

On average, 88 people are killed each year in BC due to driver distractions, the second leading cause of car crash fatalities in BC.

A text or call is not worth risking your life over, or causing the death of someone else. Leave the phone alone!

See this WorkSafeBC video: “Prevent Distracted Driving on the Job”: http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/Videos.asp?ReportID=35133&_ga=1.65051054.1033433124.1395079526  read more »

VISC 2014 - 9th Annual Vancouver Island Safety Conference

Vancouver Island Conference Centre
Saturday, October 4, 2014


Map and Parking Information  read more »

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Most Recent Safety Alerts

Loose Gravel + Speed = Loss of Vehicle Control

Alex Fraser Research Forest, Williams Lake, BC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The first 6.5 km of the Gavin Lake Road is a public highway. It is very windy, generally well-maintained and surfaced with gravel.

Following a recent grading, the road surface had a higher than normal component of loose gravel. A forestry worker, fairly new to the job and to driving forest roads, was driving an SUV at the normal speed limit for the road but lost control on a bend. He tried to correct but the vehicle fish-tailed, skidded and rolled up-side-down on a 1-2 m embankment below the road.

Steel shard in worker’s eye a reminder of need for protective eyewear

Bear Lake area (north of Prince George, BC)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A bulldozer operator exited his machine to work on a sweep arm pin on the dozer blade.

He was hitting it with a hammer when two steel shards broke off from the pin. One missed the operator; however, the other shard lodged in his left eye. The bulldozer operator was not wearing protective eyewear.

He called a co-worker for assistance, who then transported him to hospital in Prince George for emergency treatment.

If proper safety eyewear had been worn, it is suspected the eye injury could have been avoided.

Processor catches fire; Crew response keeps flames from spreading to dry forest

Northwest of Prince George, BC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A processor operator began his shift at 4:00 am. Approximately 35 minutes later, the machine lost hydraulic functions.

The operator thought he perhaps he had bumped the lock-out lever so he locked out the machine and reactivated the hydraulics, with no change. He pushed the hydraulic lockout and got out to investigate. As the operator approached the passenger side of the machine, he saw flames coming from the hydraulic pump compartment.

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