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Phase Congestion

Phase Congestion was identified by industry as a safety concern in 2013. The term “phase congestion” means a situation where different logging phases – such as planning, falling, road construction, production or blasting, etc. -- become bunched up or congested, with an increased risk of negatively affecting the productivity and safety of each phase, putting workers at higher risk of an upset or incident.  read more »

Distracted driving kills. Leave the phone alone!

The BC government, ICBC and police have launched a distracted driving campaign with new advertising and increased police enforcement this month (September 2014).

On average, 88 people are killed each year in BC due to driver distractions, the second leading cause of car crash fatalities in BC.

A text or call is not worth risking your life over, or causing the death of someone else. Leave the phone alone!

See this WorkSafeBC video: “Prevent Distracted Driving on the Job”: http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/Videos.asp?ReportID=35133&_ga=1.65051054.1033433124.1395079526  read more »

2014 Vancouver Island Safety Conference Wrap-up

Here is a summary of the 2014 Vancouver Island Safety Conference, held October 4, 2014 in Nanaimo. Included in the summary are links to the BC Forest Safety Council’s YouTube Channel and direct links to the key note presentation videos.  read more »

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Most Recent Safety Alerts

Serious Incident: Processor head feeds tree into cab, breaking trainee operator’s leg

57 km’s north of Fort St. James
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A trainee was on his third day on the job, operating a tree processor. Somehow he accidentally bumped the ‘Auto Repeat’, which automatically feeds the tree through the head after a saw cut.

The processor head was turned towards the cab in an attempt to eject the tree into the brush pile, but instead it came directly at the cab, piercing a hole through the half-inch thick Lexan cab window (see photos in attached pdf).

The tree passed between the steel bars as well and continued forward, striking the operator’s leg and breaking it severely.

Grader slides, then rolls over while snow clearing on Forest Service Road

Holyk Forest Service Road (near Revelstoke)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

At roughly 5:00 a.m. a grader operator was relocating a grader (750A Champion model) to clean up excess snow from a branch road that could not be previously cleaned due to sloppy, wet, heavy snow conditions. Cooler temperatures and good ground freezing made conditions more suitable for road cleaning.

The machine was in good repair - last being inspected in the mechanics shop on Nov 5, 2014. A logging contractor’s loader was blocking access on the road so the contractor moved the machine so the grader operator could get by and proceed with clearing the road.

Feller-Buncher operator accidently cuts into old cable; Piece is launched, embedding in Lexan window of cab

Near Buckley Bay, BC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A Feller-Buncher operator was about to harvest a tree when the saw head on his machine came into contact with some old cable that was left on the ground from previous logging.

The saw head cut into the cable and launched a piece of it into the front Lexan window of the cab. The piece became embedded between the 1st and 2nd layers of the Lexan (see photos in attached pdf).

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