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Phase Congestion

Phase Congestion was identified by industry as a safety concern in 2013. The term “phase congestion” means a situation where different logging phases – such as planning, falling, road construction, production or blasting, etc. -- become bunched up or congested, with an increased risk of negatively affecting the productivity and safety of each phase, putting workers at higher risk of an upset or incident.  read more »

It is Road Safety at Work Week in BC!

From March 2-6, all employers and workers are asked to create awareness around road safety at work.

On average in BC each year, 23 workers die in work-related motor vehicle incidents and more than 1,200 are injured.

Distracted driving is a key factor. The BC Forest Safety Council co-sponsored this radio ad across the province to help spread the safety message.

Because on the road, the smartest phone is off!

Holly Barker joins the BC Forest Safety Council as Chief Financial Officer following the retirement of Pat Denham

The Chair and CEO of the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC), Reynold Hert, is pleased to announce that Holly Barker will be joining the BCFSC as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective March 16, 2015.  read more »

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Most Recent Safety Alerts

Equipment operator misses handrail, falls to ground from ladder on his machine

Location: 
St. Leon Creek (near Nakusp, BC)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Hook truck operator was climbing up the ladder to the loader. He missed grabbing the upper handrail and fell backwards to the ground.

The fall resulted in a broken heel and possible wrist injury. The investigation confirmed that his footwear was adequate and the ladder was in good condition, with clean rungs.

Skidder operator suffers concussion, whiplash

Location: 
Johnson Lake (near Barriere, BC)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A skidder operator blacked out while bringing in his second drag of the day. When he woke up a few moments later, he had no recollection as to what happened. He had a headache and a sore neck and back.

The medical examination indicated a concussion due to a bump on the head behind the left ear and also whiplash. The doctor recommended rest for a few days.

The skidder was a CAT 535. The operator was wearing his seatbelt. At the location of the incident, snow had melted and a 40 cm stump was visible along the skid trail.

Serious Near Miss: Decked logs collapse and slide down hill

Location: 
Northern Interior Region
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A Supervisor and Processor Operator had just finished a log quality sample and were standing on the road next to a deck of 12’ logs.

One of the logs on the deck shifted causing the entire deck to collapse and slide down the hill despite having appeared to be stable just moments earlier.

Luckily no one was in the “line of fire”.

(pdf of this Alert is attached)

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