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Ken Higginbotham takes on new role as Chair of the BC Forest Safety Council

The Board of the BC Forest Safety Council is pleased to announce that Kenneth (Ken) Higginbotham has accepted the role as Chair of the organization, effective October 1, 2015.  read more »

National Forest Week

2015 National Forest Week

Listen to our September 20-26 radio placement (two stations) to pay tribute to forestry workers and to thank and support wildfire fire fighting teams, reminding the public to not toss cigarette butts: MP3

2014 National Forest WeekNational Forest Week Poster for printing  (pdf)  read more »

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 »

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Most Recent Safety Alerts

Advisory: LED lamps can interfere with a vehicle’s radio transmissions

British Columbia
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

There have been numerous complaints about LED light bulbs interfering with vehicle radio transmissions.

The level of interference varies depending on the installation of the LED lights. The closer the radio antenna is to the lights, the greater the level of interference. Some brands of LED lights are worse than others.

ATV impact with water bar throws driver from machine

Side road off the Tulameen Forest Service Road (Cascades Forest District)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While driving an All-Terrain Vehicle on a temporarily deactivated road, the operator of the ATV was launched over the handle bars after failing to see a *water bar soon enough to slow down and safely ride through it.

The water bar was difficult to see until it was too late. The driver hit the handle bars with his left shin and right foot, and impacted the ground with the helmet and his left shoulder. Prior to the incident the ATV was travelling at approximately 20 km/h.

Kenworth’s Nautilus navigation system interfering with Resource Road Radio Channel 13

Prince George area
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A contractor in Prince George operates a fleet of 5 Kenworth heavy trucks, all equipped with Kenworth’s Nautilus navigation system. Drivers of these particular trucks have reported that when their radio is on Resource Road channel 13, all they hear over the radio is squelch noise.

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