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Changes to the Workers Compensation Act (Bill 9) effective May 14, 2015

All forestry companies should be aware of the following changes to the Workers Compensation Act:
www.worksafebc.com Bill 9

Some of the changes are effective immediately and some come into effect in September 2015, while occupational health and safety citations for employers are expected to be introduced in early 2016.

Four changes are now in effect (as at May 14, 2015):

VISC 2015 - 10th Annual Vancouver Island Safety Conference

Thank you to everyone – especially the generous industry sponsors – who made this conference possible. Please read our post-conference summary (2.2 MB).

2015-04-06 - Pickup Truck Driver

Fatality Alert

On April 6th, a forestry worker was fatally injured when he was struck by a pickup truck on a resource road in the Smithers area. Two trucks were traveling together when the first driver pulled over and stepped outside of the truck. The truck that was following collided with the parked truck and the worker.

Action required before May 15 to improve ATV Road Deactivation

Conference call on April 17 to learn more about promising practices for safety and productivity

All licensees, operators, foresters, hoe operators, safety officers and others are invited to join the Western Silvicultural Contractors Association (WSCA) on Friday, April 17 at 9 AM PST toll-free 1-866-613-5223, access code 7647151# to learn more about how to improve worker safety while also improving the quality and productivity of tree planting.

July 2014 - Radio Communication Changes

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Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Resource road (RR) radio channels and call protocols have changed and the switch over has already occurred in some regions of British Columbia. Additional regions will be implementing the switch over through the remainder of 2015 and possibly the first quarter of 2016. Contact your local Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) office or call FrontCounter BC at 1-877-855-3222 to find out when the change will be happening in your area.

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