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Safety Alert - Fatality - 2015-04-06 - Pickup Truck Driver

On April 6th, a forestry worker was fatally injured when he was struck by a pickup truck on a resource road in the Smithers area. Two trucks were traveling together when the first driver pulled over and stepped outside of the truck. The truck that was following collided with the parked truck and the worker.  read more »

Day of Mourning: April 28, 2015

Last year four forestry workers died at work in the woods.

On April 28, the industry, unions and workers will come together to honour and remember these four men and all those who lost their lives at work in previous years.  read more »

Action required before May 15 to improve ATV Road Deactivation

Conference call on April 17 to learn more about promising practices for safety and productivity

All licensees, operators, foresters, hoe operators, safety officers and others are invited to join the Western Silvicultural Contractors Association (WSCA) on Friday, April 17 at 9 AM PST toll-free 1-866-613-5223, access code 7647151# to learn more about how to improve worker safety while also improving the quality and productivity of tree planting.  read more »

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Most Recent Safety Alerts

Quick reaction saves pickup driver from likely head-on collision with transport truck

West Kootenay region (Highway 3a)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A forestry consultant left for work at 6:40 a.m., travelling west on Highway 3a in a pickup with a sled deck hauling a snow machine.

The driver was traveling on a winding section of highway, when he saw approaching in the oncoming lane a transport truck that had failed to navigate the corner. The big rig crossed the center line and slammed into the side of the pickup truck, sending it skidding out of control along the ditch. The pickup eventually came to rest in the middle of the highway while the transport truck went into the ditch (see photos in attached pdf).

Radio Communication Changes

Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Resource road (RR) radio channels and call protocols have changed and the switch over has already occurred in some regions of British Columbia. Additional regions will be implementing the switch over through the remainder of 2015 and possibly the first quarter of 2016. Contact your local Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) office or call FrontCounter BC at 1-877-855-3222 to find out when the change will be happening in your area.

Hidden ice on snowy resource road leaves crew & truck stranded as windstorm topples trees

Witches Brook Rd. (near Logan Lake, BC)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two workers in a pick-up truck were climbing a windy road along a power line to do site inspection and road recon for a slash pile burning project. The road was steep and a light layer of snow covered it, making a layer of ice underneath invisible.

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