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Safety Alert - Fatalities - 2015-07-24 & 2015-07-27- Faller, Grapple Skidder Operator

On July 24th, a manual tree faller was struck by a tree and fatally injured in the Port McNeil area. On July 27th, a grapple skidder operator was struck by a log and fatally injured while working on a grapple yarding logging operation north of Revelstoke. WorkSafeBC and the Coroners Service are investigating both incidents and the results will be released as soon as possible.

These incidents are the 4th and 5th direct forestry fatalities1 of 2015. The others are:  read more »

Safety Alert - Fatality - 2015-07-11 - Faller, Mechanic

On July 11th, a manual tree faller was struck and fatally injured while falling trees in the North Coast area of BC. WorkSafeBC and the Coroners Service are investigating this incident and the results will be released as soon as possible. This is the third direct1 harvesting fatality of 2015.

Another incident involving a non-forestry worker occurred on July 8th in the Cariboo region. A mechanic was fatally injured while working underneath a lowbed truck.  read more »

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Most Recent Safety Alerts

Over height log trucks strike construction scaffold

Location: 
Highway 19 Nimpkish River Bridge (Port McNeill, BC)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The Nimpkish River Bridge (also known as the “Green Bridge”) south of Port McNeill, is currently undergoing regular maintenance. Scaffolding has been erected to provide work platforms for the painters and sandblasters.

Although a height restriction of 4.5 metres is in place and clearly marked with signage, the overhead scaffold structure has been struck twice by logging trucks that are exceeding this limit, resulting in damage to the support system of the structure.

HAZARD: Short logs on top of loads

Location: 
Vancouver Island
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Short logs are challenging to load. Ensure you take the time to secure them properly. Short logs that are unsecured have come off loads during transit and unloading, which could have resulted in serious injuries (see photos in attached pdf).

Unsecured short logs also cause safety concern upon unloading at dry land sorts as logs may fall off or out of grapples.

Cougar encounter in West Kootenay region

Location: 
Koch Creek area
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Development field workers were alerted to the presence of a cougar by their dog. The cougar mauled the dog but the wildcat eventually ran away when workers yelled and threw rocks at it.

Hazard: Cougars can be elusive and stealthy, allowing them to come into close proximity with field workers. Cougars accustomed to wolves may behave aggressively with dogs.

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