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Port McNeill resident receives award from BC Forest Safety Council

Nanaimo, B.C. – A Port McNeill resident has received an award from the BC Forest Safety Council, in recognition of his notable contribution to forest industry safety within his employer’s operations in 2012.

Gerry Lambert was presented the Safety Most Valuable Player of the Year award at the Vancouver Island Safety Conference, October 20th in Nanaimo. The award was co-presented by David Anderson, President and CEO of WorkSafeBC and Reynold Hert, CEO of the Safety Council.

Sooke resident receives award from BC Forest Safety Council

Nanaimo, B.C. – A resident of Sooke has received an award from the BC Forest Safety Council, in recognition of a long career in the forest industry that has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving safety awareness, expanding safety knowledge, developing safety skills at ground level and building a lasting culture of safety among BC’s forest workers.

William (Bill) Boardman was acknowledged with the Cary White Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Vancouver Island Safety Conference, October 20th in Nanaimo. The award was co-presented by David Anderson, President and CEO of WorkSafeBC and Reynold Hert, CEO of the Safety Council.

Combustible dust winter alert - increased risk in winter

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British Columbia
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From WorkSafeBC Hazard Alert 2012-08

The risk of a dust explosion increases when low humidity levels, like those seen in winter months, make dust easy to disperse and ignite. In fact, industrial accident investigations by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board found that seven out of eight fatal combustible dust explosions from 1995 to 2009 occurred during cold winter months when these weather conditions were most prominent.

Gear Reducer Hazard Alert

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British Columbia
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From WorkSafeBC Hazard Alert 2012-07

WorkSafeBC is currently conducting investigations into the two sawmill explosions that occurred earlier this year in Burns Lake and Prince George. In the course of these investigations, our officers have come to understand that gear reducers may overheat in certain circumstances and become potentially dangerous in wood processing environments.

Webinar: Snowmobile Safety for Forestry Contractors

It’s sled season again! Are you and your crews prepared? Join us for a lively session on snowmobile safety for forestry contractors to learn about pre-trip planning for remote field locations, the right equipment for your work area, safe handling skills (including getting unstuck), safe transport of sleds and much more.

This session is a great introduction for field workers new to snowmobile use and an ideal refresher for staff. There will be lots of discussion and opportunities to share your experiences and knowledge with other forestry workers.

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