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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.

Sig Kemmler awarded Cary White Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement

Nanaimo, B.C. – The co-founder of Duncan-based Alternative Forest Operations Ltd. (AFO) 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.

Steep Grade Descent Tools

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

FP Innovations has developed a  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).

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.”

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.

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