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Steep Grade Descent Tools

Logging TruckWorkSafeBC regulation 26.2 and the associated Guideline 26.2-2 describe requirements / expectations that before hauling logs on steep grades (greater than 18%), a risk assessment is conducted and safe descent procedures are developed.

FP Innovations has developed two spreadsheet lookup tools that forestry planners and supervisors can use when conducting risk assessments on grades greater than 18%. One sheet is focussed on off-highway fat trucks; the other looks at 6 and 7-axle configurations hauling highway legal loads. These tools provide recommended maximum payloads and speeds for specified road conditions (traction levels, grade, length of grade).  read more »

BC Forest Safety Ombudsman - Review of Failures Leading to Khaira Incident

Executive Summary

On July 21, 2010, a group of recreational boaters spotted a fire in a wooded area near Golden, BC. Because there was a camp fire ban in effect at the time, the boaters reported the fire to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), who in turn dispatched personnel to investigate. When the government officials arrived at the Khaira campsite where the fire had been spotted, they were greeted by a crew of silviculture workers. Nearly all the workers were black males, and as new Canadians, spoke little or no English. One of the workers was visibly injured and bleeding from the head. All the workers expressed relief and gratitude to the officials for arriving at the camp, and some said that they “hadn’t eaten in two days.”  read more »

2010-2011 BC Forest Safety Council Progress Report Released

It is my pleasure to let you know that the Council has published its Progress Report 2010-2011, which provides an overview of the forest industry’s safety efforts last year and a look at what is planned for the immediate future.  read more »

Worksafe 2010 incentive payments targeting the end of August

A message from Worksafe BC

The Partners Program had targeted the end of June for the bulk of our 2010 incentive payments, however, we are now targeting the end of August.  read more »

Safety Alert - FATALITY - Faller struck while bucking windfall

Location: 
Franklin River Division, Vancouver Island
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Steep Slope

Steep Slope Resource PackageOperating logging equipment on steep slopes increases the likelihood of reduced machine stability which can result in an upset or roll-over. These events can result in serious worker injuries or fatalities, significant environmental damage and/or expensive lost production and machine repairs.

Productive, injury-free steep slope mechanical harvesting operations require an integrated approach that draws on the skills of all forestry team members - owners, operational planners and lay out crews, contractors, assessors, supervisors and operators. This package was produced by a technical advisory group consisting of engineers, safety professionals, manufacturers, industry associations, forest professionals, logging managers, contractors, supervisors and operators from across BC.  read more »

Prince George office has moved downtown

The Prince George office has relocated to the 4th floor of the Scotia Bank building, on the corner of 4th and Victoria.

Parking is available at the old Bingo hall across the street.  read more »

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