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Day of Mourning – April 28th, 2014

The “Day of Mourning” is a day intended to recognize those who lost their lives as a result of a work-related incident or occupational diseases.

Day of Mourning ceremonies have been held across the country ever since the Canadian Labour Congress initiated a national Day of Mourning ceremony on April 28, 1984 and is now recognized annually around the world in more than 100 countries.

April 28th was chosen because it was on this date in 1914 that the first Workers’ Compensation Act was brought into effect in Canada.

This year ceremonies will be held April 28th to commemorate workers.

Note: Additional information, as well as additional resources such as ordering posters and crew talks are available on WorksafeBC's Day of Mourning page or at the bottom of this page.  read more »

Fatality Alert Update - BCFSC # 2013-10-21

Location: 
Sayward
Details of Incident: 

Updated on April 15, 2014: On October 21st of 2013, a cedar salvager was fatally injured near Sayward, BC.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing and the results will be released as soon as possible. However, some general information about the hazards present at the incident site is known. The following update will provide suggested best practices to manage these types of hazards.

BC Forest Safety Council and industry partners host educational sessions aimed at reducing log truck rollovers

PRINCE GEORGE & NANAIMO, April 9, 2014 – The BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) is hosting several sessions of the rollover prevention seminar, Anatomy of a Rollover, throughout the BC interior. The presenter, Grant Aune, of Advantage Fleet Services, has more than 32 years of commercial vehicle incident investigation and accident reconstruction experience.  read more »

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Most Recent Safety Alerts

Close calls involving blasting: Improved communications needed in the woods

Location: 
Vancouver Island
Details of Incident: 

Three close calls involving blasting have occurred in forestry operations on Vancouver Island.

In the most recent, a crew had just completed walking a creek and were on the mainline road. A blast was heard very close by and the crewmembers were exposed to fly-rock falling around them and the surrounding forest canopy. This incident was reported to WorkSafeBC by the blasting contractor. The contractor also identified the deficiency to properly clear the blast zone.

In the two other incidents:

Fatality Alert Update - BCFSC # 2013-10-21

Location: 
Sayward
Details of Incident: 

Updated on April 15, 2014: On October 21st of 2013, a cedar salvager was fatally injured near Sayward, BC.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing and the results will be released as soon as possible. However, some general information about the hazards present at the incident site is known. The following update will provide suggested best practices to manage these types of hazards.

Extreme winds bring down snag onto truck

Location: 
Preacher Ridge Forest Service Road (near 100 Mile House, BC)
Details of Incident: 

A worker was out burning piles in a recently completed logging block. He was driving his pick-up to the next block when the winds started to get extreme, hail began to fall and he noticed trees blowing over in the nearby bush. At that point the employee decided to turn around and head for home, not knowing the severity of the storm that was blowing in.

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