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Safety Alert - Fatality - 2016-04-13 - Yarder Operator

On Wednesday, April 13th, a fatal incident occurred on a logging site north of Hope. A guyline on a yarder broke and the tower fell onto the cab, fatally injuring the yarder operator.

Our condolences go out to the family and co-workers of the deceased worker.

WorkSafeBC, the Coroners Service and the RCMP are investigating this incident.

Although the details of this incident are still unknown, review the following general safety information:  read more »

Day of Mourning: April 28 - Radio Message

Last year eight forestry workers died on the job.

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

This radio ad will run in forestry communities across BC in the week running up to the National Day of Mourning.  read more »

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SLIPPING HAZARD: Caulk boots on rocky ground leave planter with broken wrist

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Rivers Inlet (coastal BC)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

It was a clear, dry day as a tree planter was working a steep rocky cut block in one of B.C.’s mainland inlets. He’s a strong planter with 5 years’ experience in planting this type of challenging terrain.

It was the very end of the work day and the planter was heading back onto the block to help a buddy plant his last few trees. As usual it had been a grueling day, as this type of ground is very physically demanding. He had very recently changed his spikes so that his caulk boots were nice and sharp.

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One of EW Services Inc.’s drivers was injured in a single vehicle accident when the fully loaded logging truck they were driving came in contact with loose snow and material on the shoulder of the highway.

It was early morning and weather conditions were far from ideal: -4◦C, blowing snow, thick cover of snow on roadway, poor visibility - and maintenance crews had not gotten to that stretch of highway yet.

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A Driller's Helper was checking the water reservoir level on a tank drill but forgot to relieve the pressure built up in the system before removing the pressure cap. Just before the Drillers Helper had finished loosening the cap, it flew off its fitting and struck the worker's hard hat with such force that it knocked it off his head and into the air. The hard hat landed about 10 metres away from the worker, and the water reservoir cap landed some 20 metres away from its fitting.

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