Fearless Contracting self-load truck was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving a log truck from another company which had lost its load.
While recovering the load, the driver noted that the cause of the accident seemed to be a weld failure on the bunk mount pad and reported this to his supervisor.
Mechanics were instructed to thoroughly inspect all trucks and in the process found one with a cracked weld developing on the mounting bracket.
Ken Fear, Fearless Contracting Ltd. (250) 286-6630
When reviewing our ERP we found that calling 9-1-1 may not be as easy in a remote camp as it is when you are calling from a land line in town.
We contacted the 9-1-1 service directly and were told:
“We strongly recommend that you reach out to your satellite and internet phone providers to confirm their process for handling emergency calls.”
“The process for handling these types of calls can differ between companies with most using third party call centres as the first point of contact instead of having calls go directly through to local emergency services.”
Gary Gallinger, RPF, Operations Planner - Capacity Forest Management Ltd. (250) 287-2120 Ext. 310 email:email@example.com
A worker was engineering for a helicopter harvesting cutblock when a grizzly bear attacked him.
Another worker was nearby and came to his aid, using bear spray to deter the bear. The worker was later airlifted to hospital to have his injuries treated.
Justin Lukey, Operations Manager - Capacity Forest Management Ltd. (250) 287-2120
A silviculture worker was diagnosed with skin cancer, and part of his ear was removed.
Silviculture workers, including tree planters, spend long periods of time outside in the sun at the hottest time of year. Prolonged UV Exposure is recognized as causal to skin cancer.
Workers should know there are different types of skin cancer, including Basal Skin Cancer and potentially fatal Squamous Cell Skin Cancer that are most frequently found on sun exposed skin such as face, neck, and hands. Malignant Melanoma is less common than other skin cancers, but growing in frequency, more dangerous, and potentially fatal unless detected and treated at an early stage.
People can have different levels of vulnerability to skin cancers, based on their skin tone, family history, and the state of their immune system.
(See attached pdf for a personal story on the increased risk of skin cancer for silvicultural workers.)
Canadian Dermatology Association web page on sun safety:
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