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10 Winter Driving Tips for BC Log Haulers

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1. Do your pre-trip – all of it. There are enough things that will surprise you during the day without your truck being one of them. Know your equipment - intimately. Be confident it will perform as you expect it to. Before winter is over, you are likely to need every one of those tires to give you 100% traction – there’s no room for worn-out, mismatched or under-inflated tires. And you’ll need each one of your brakes working – together. When those moments occur, there is no margin for “too tight”, “too loose”, or “not quite sure”.

Working Safely in Avalanche Country Workshop

This session covers what to look out for when working in avalanche terrain, what equipment you need and tips for staying safe in the woods during winter.

The workshop is being presented by Carole Savage, a Registered Professional Forester and an Active Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. Carole is experienced in both forestry operations/avalanche control and delivers the snowmobile backcountry avalanche workshops training for the Canadian Avalanche Association. WorkSafe BC will also be on hand to answer your questions about changes in the avalanche regulation (4.1.1 – Snow Avalanche Assessments).

This workshop is suitable for field workers, safety coordinators, company owners, equipment operators and anyone who may be working in avalanche exposure areas.

WorkSafeBC approves 2011 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation Effective Feb 1, 2012

At its October 2011 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. These amendments will become effective on February 1, 2012. Click on the link below to view a summary of the approved changes.

Driving Change - Article Published in Silviculture Magazine Fall 2011 Issue

Article by Steven Mueller published in the Fall 2011 issue of Silivculture Magazine, www.silviculturemagazine.com

You don’t need a safety consultant to tell you that the greatest risk to silviculture workers is driving. Any tree planter can tell you that. Heading out to camp, riding to work in the crummy, backing up to the reefer, or running to town for supplies; most incidents causing significant loss will likely happen on (or off) the road. Granted, silviculture workers are more likely to suffer injuries due to repetitive stress, or slips, trips and falls. However, the big ticket items - serious injury, fatality, major vehicle damages and costly production loss - are usually due to vehicle incidents.

Westline Harvesting Ltd. awarded Safety MVP Award

Nanaimo, B.C. – A Williams Lake logging company has received an award from the BC Forest Safety Council, in recognition of their notable contribution to forest industry safety within their operations in 2011.

Westline Harvesting Ltd. was presented the Safety M.V.P. of the Year award at the Vancouver Island Safety Conference, October 1st in Nanaimo. The award, co-presented to Westline Operations Manager David Whitwell by the Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Donna Wilson, vice-president of Industry Services and Sustainability, WorkSafeBC and Safety Council CEO Peter Lineen, was created to acknowledge safety improvements at work through persistent efforts to seek changes by a company that has demonstrated leadership in integrating health & safety into their business practices.

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