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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 »

Incident Investigation Workshop

Improving Decision Making in Forest Industry Investigations

training imageParticipants will spend two days with Dr. Itiel Dror and Dr. Carla MacLean, international researchers with a track record of real world applied incident investigation. Based on Dr. Dror’s training and research, the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has adopted new best practices and procedures. Dr. MacLean’s work on industrial incident investigations will relate this new research to practical investigation skills, useful in a forestry environment.  read more »

Alert of the Month - January 2014 - Managing Fatigue

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From truck drivers and equipment operators to office workers and service people, most of us have worked late, put in the overtime, or given up a weekend to meet a deadline.

WorkSafeBC Taking Action Following Truck Incidents

Following a number of serious incidents involving logging trucks on BC's highways and resource roads, WorkSafeBC is writing to log truck operators across the province to emphasize their concern for operator and public safety and to notify the operators of targeted inspections. Please see the attached letter and sample log truck inspection checklist  read more »

2013 Summary

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Forest Harvesting Fatality Summary

In 2013, the industry experienced 11 worker fatalities; the same number of fatalities experienced in 2012.

Dustin Meierhofer joins BC Forest Safety Council as Director Transportation & Northern Safety

NANAIMO, December 11, 2013 – The Chair and CEO of the BC Forest Safety Council, Reynold Hert, is pleased to announce that Dustin Meierhofer has joined the Council as Director, Transportation and Northern Safety.

Dustin leads and supports the development of injury prevention programs for Transportation activities relating to Forestry and provides oversight and support with other BC Forest Safety Council safety programs and initiatives in the Northern areas of the Province.  read more »

Injury Management/Return to Work (IM/RTW) Certificate of Recognition (COR) “frozen” for new Certifications in 2014

WorkSafeBC (WSBC) has confirmed that all organizations who are currently IM/RTW COR certified may continue to use the existing audit protocols through 2014 for both maintenance and recertification audits. WSBC is in a consultation process regarding a possible new “Work Disability Prevention Standard” which may result in a new audit protocol.  We will provide updates as released by WSBC.

Log Truck Safety Alert

The maintenance and inspection of truck and trailer rigging and hardware is an important component of safe and reliable log truck operations. In particular, bolster and scale pad bolts need to be to well maintained and replaced when necessary to avoid spilled loads.

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