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Russel Robertson joins the BC Forest Safety Council as Director, Programs and Training

The Chair and CEO of the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC), Reynold Hert, is pleased to announce that Russel Robertson will be joining the BCFSC as Director, Programs and Training effective Friday, January 16, 2015.  read more »

2014 Vancouver Island Safety Conference Wrap-up

Here is a summary of the 2014 Vancouver Island Safety Conference, held October 4, 2014 in Nanaimo. Included in the summary are links to the BC Forest Safety Council’s YouTube Channel and direct links to the key note presentation videos.  read more »

Distracted driving kills. Leave the phone alone!

The BC government, ICBC and police have launched a distracted driving campaign with new advertising and increased police enforcement this month (September 2014).

On average, 88 people are killed each year in BC due to driver distractions, the second leading cause of car crash fatalities in BC.

A text or call is not worth risking your life over, or causing the death of someone else. Leave the phone alone!

See this WorkSafeBC video: “Prevent Distracted Driving on the Job”: http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/Videos.asp?ReportID=35133&_ga=1.65051054.1033433124.1395079526  read more »

2014-09-02 - Faller

Fatality Alert

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Road Safety Channels

The standard resource road radio communications protocol, radio channels and signs were developed by the radio communications working group, with representatives from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (including BC Timber Sales), Industry Canada, BC Forest Safety Council/Truck Safe and FPInnovations. The working group coordinated numerous meetings with forest licensees and truck drivers in developing the protocol. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations lead the implementation and evaluation of the pilot projects. Industry Canada is taking the greater lead role as implementation of the standard protocols spreads to other areas of the province.  read more »

Assistance to sawmill industry on combustible dust control and mitigation (2014)

This service was available up to December 31, 2014.  read more »

2014-05-26 - Chokerman

Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Fatality Alert

On May 26th, a chokerman was fatally injured while working on a cable yarding operation west of Nelson, in the Kootenays.

UPDATED - Council resumes New Faller Training

As at June 30, 2014:

Concerns that were identified during a WorkSafeBC visit (see below) have been addressed through the use of a different delivery model. Training using the new model is scheduled to begin as soon as trainers and timber sites can be confirmed. The new model will result in an increase of tuition fees. Students that are enrolled as of June 30, 2014 will not be affected. Students enrolling after June 30, 2014, will be required to pay the new cost-recovery price that reflects the costs of the new model. Please see the frequently asked questions for more information (link here).  read more »

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