Log hauling can be very demanding on drivers given:
However the consequences for an incident can be both costly and irreplaceable.
With this in mind the Princeton Contractor Safety Committee is implementing 5 steps to combat fatigue:
5.The Princeton Safety Committee will be sponsoring Fatigue and Distracted Driving workshops on May 4, 2017 for all drivers.
Norman Druck, RPF Operations Superintendent Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd. (250) 295-4266
Some forestry workers who work in safety sensitive environments do not acknowledge or heed the warning labels on their prescription or over-the-counter medications.
On the jobsite or while driving or operating machinery, this means that workers could be lightheaded, nauseous, dizzy, drowsy or weak.
If workers are required to make decisions that affect the safety of themselves or others, the probability of making a mistake may increase.
Interfor, Interior Operations
|Warning Labels on Prescription Meds (Interfor)-Jan_18-17.pdf|
A mechanic was performing the regular maintenance inspection on a fire extinguisher at a dryland sort. The gauge was checked and the needle was in the green zone. The date was marked on the tag and then the extinguisher was flipped over.
In order to ensure the powder content had not settled and packed in the bottom, the mechanic tapped the bottom of the extinguisher with a rubber mallet.
The fire extinguisher exploded and shot the bottom end and the content 50 feet, narrowly missing the mechanic.
A fire extinguisher was inadvertently discharged in the cab of a skidder, dispersing the chemicals throughout the cab while the machine was in motion.
The extinguisher was missing the required safety pin thereby allowing the lever to be engaged when the operator was moving other objects in the cab.
As a result, the operator inhaled a significant amount of the chemical before exiting the cab after a number of unsuccessful attempts, and later that day was forced to visit the hospital.
With spring arriving, the banks of snow on the resource road’s edge melt and saturate the road. To remove these slumping banks of snow the grader operator uses the wing blades to move the snow away from the road.
By doing this the road may appear wider than it really is.
In the mornings, this false road surface may be frozen and vehicles drive on it leaving tracks. Later in the day when it warms up, this false road surface becomes a hazard when vehicles drive on it and fall through.
Shawn Clerke, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd, (250) 768-5131
Three employees were walking through a plantation while their dogs walked alongside the road in the bush when they heard a metallic “snap” and noticed one of the dogs caught in a “conibear” style trap.
The group had a difficult time getting the trap to release but managed to set the dog free before it asphyxiated.
One employee’s left middle finger, ring finger and right thumb were injured during the struggle with the trap but luckily not seriously, as the doctor confirmed there was no nerve damage or broken bones.
1. Link to a video that provides clear instruction on how to release a “conibear” style trap and how they generally work should you or your dog ever encounter one in the field: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=trapping.sharing
2. Link to a second video on trap release technique: http://www.terrierman.com/traprelease.htm
(Note: This alert has been re-posted as a timely reminder of this seasonal hazard)
As a worker stepped away from his snowmobile, he fell in a deep tree well of a small balsam. The tree well had over 6 feet of snow depth. The fallen worker’s head was below the level of his co-worker’s feet on top of the snow.
The co-worker was able to help the worker by carefully digging enough snow away from the worker and then using the snowmobile, which was on packed ground, as a base of support for pulling the worker out. No injuries occurred.
Related Information: The branches of the tree shelter the area surrounding the tree trunk from snowfall. Thus a pocket of air or loose snow can form in the vicinity of the trunk. The risk of encountering a tree well is greatest during and immediately following a heavy snowstorm.
Low hanging branches further contribute to forming a tree well, as they efficiently shelter the area surrounding the trunk. It is a potential risk with trees in deep snow no matter the diameter of the tree. Wells can also occur near rocks, along streams and in heavy regen with snow press.
When a person falls into a tree-well, it’s incredibly difficult to climb back out. The loose snow can prevent the person from breathing, resulting in what is known as a Non-Avalanche Related Snow Immersion Death, or, in plain English, suffocation by snow.
Two experiments conducted in the U.S. and Canada found that 90 per cent of volunteers who were placed temporarily in tree wells were unable to rescue themselves. Furthermore, it was also noted that most people will not call out for help right away as they either feel that they should be able to dig themselves out or are embarrassed to ask for help. However, the more the person struggles the more entrapped in the snow they become as more snow falls into the hole, re-burying them.
Calling for assistance should be your first course of action. Take precautions working in areas where deep tree wells are a concern!
Here are some suggestions for avoiding and dealing with entrapment if you fall in a deep tree well:
As a co-worker:
This winter has seen a high volume of snow. Always be alert and watch your footing around the base of a tree or large rocks. Slow down when approaching these dangerous zones and make sure that your footing is on ground that will hold you. If you feel yourself starting to sink down, try to back away to avoid sliding into the well. For your safety, you should assume all trees have a hazardous tree well.
Fortunately, the risk of falling into a tree well is completely avoidable.
Brad or Scott, Pro-Tech Forest Resources Ltd. (250) 846-5060 email@example.com
The attached 4-page document from WorkSafeBC describes some important planning considerations for emergency response at remote forestry worksites.
If air transportation (helicopter) is the primary or only way of transporting an injured worker from your worksite, or it may be required for another type of emergency rescue, the following best practices will help get your workers to safety as quickly as possible.
Consider incorporating these practices into your formal emergency response plan (ERP), and train your crew accordingly. Every worksite is different, so remember to revisit these questions before starting new work and as conditions change.
Print copies of the attached bulletin and discuss with your employees if applicable.
The attached bulletin contains the following sections:
For more information on how to improve your ERP, click the links to obtain the following resources from WorkSafeBC's web site:
Every Minute Counts: Emergency Response Planning in Forestry: www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/videos/every-minute-counts-emergency-response-planning-in-forestry?lang=en
Every Minute Counts: Emergency Response Planning in Forestry (Video Discussion Guide): www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/books-guides/every-minute-counts-emergency-response-planning-in-forestry-video-discussion-guide?lang=en
Emergency Response Planning: 12 Tips for an Effective Emergency Response Plan: www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/books-guides/emergency-response-planning-12-tips?lang=en
Workers whose jobs take them into British Columbia’s backcountry are at potential risk of serious injury or death in avalanche terrain. In January, the snowpack in several regions of B.C. showed indications of risk of avalanche. WorkSafeBC is reminding employers of the need to identify, assess, and mitigate avalanche risks.
Since 1998 in B.C., avalanches have caused three worker deaths and 50 accepted time-loss injury claims, including three injury claims in the first nine months of 2016. While the majority of workers injured were in occupations within the ski hill and winter lodge industries, a land surveyor and a truck driver were also injured.
A recent example of the danger of being trapped by avalanche: In the BC Interior, four workers traveling on a Forest Service Road in two vehicles were trapped behind two large snow avalanches approximately 7km apart that occurred on the road behind them after they accessed their logging site. Each snow avalanche was approximately 3m - 5m deep covering 50m - 70m of road.
Helicopter evacuation of the workers was hampered by freezing rain but after a reassessment of the avalanche conditions by a qualified person at the two sites, heavy equipment was able to clear the slide debris allowing the workers to evacuate the area.
Workers in B.C.’s primary resource, construction and adventure tourism industries may be working in avalanche terrain and therefore could face risks of avalanches at their worksites. Examples of worksites which may have avalanche risk to workers include forest service roads, highways, and backcountry areas.
Avalanche risk can be present all year in some areas and snow stability can change daily, hourly or even sooner depending on sufficient snow depth, steep-enough terrain and the right weather conditions.
“We want to prevent employers and workers from being caught by surprise by the risk of an avalanche as a result of the rapidly changing weather and snowpack conditions,” says Patrick Davie, manager of Prevention Field Services for Kamloops region. “Employers in these situations are required under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation to ensure a well-rehearsed safety plan is in place and well-understood by all workers. If the conditions warrant it, the best plan may be to avoid areas of high risk entirely until the end of the avalanche season.”
WorkSafeBC’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 4.1.1 requires all employers whose workers travel through, work around or within a potential avalanche hazard area to have a qualified person conduct a risk assessment and if there is risk of an avalanche, develop and implement appropriate avalanche safety plans and /or a program.
Employers can work with their local WorkSafeBC prevention officer to determine the appropriate compliance measures. To learn more about avalanche safety for workers and employers click here.
Visit the Canadian Avalanche Association website for more information including avalanche safety plan resources.
Erica Simpson Media Relations, WorkSafeBC Tel: 604.214.6934 Cell: 778.874.0281
It was a very cold morning (-28 at the machine) and the D7H would not start on its own, as it had been sitting for a while. A 324 DLL loader was also on site, being moved to a new block and was sitting on a lowbed.
Worker hooked up the jumper cables from the batteries on the loader to the batteries on the D7H. He normally would hook from starter to starter, but with the loader being on the lowbed, the cables were not long enough to do so.
After leaving the cables hooked up for approximately 10-15 minutes to charge, worker climbed back up on the D7H and looked into the battery box. As he did this, he could hear the battery closest to him making a high pitched sound and then it exploded.
There was debris blown everywhere along with battery acid on the side of the worker’s face/neck area, arm and clothing. A nearby co-worker also noticed his clothing was sprayed with battery acid.
Thankfully no serious injuries occurred during this incident, although a slight burn was taken to the neck. Fatigue and sore muscles were experienced that evening, possibly caused from the force of the explosion.
The company had previously installed a thick piece of rubber that covered over the battery box which most likely prevented serious injuries, as this contained and deflected a lot of the debris of the explosion.
Jeff Kineshanko firstname.lastname@example.org