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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 »

Safety Alert - FATALITY - 2014-09-02 - Faller

Sadly, the BC Forest Safety Council has learned of a direct harvesting fatality that occurred on September 2, 2014. A faller was fatally injured while working in the Seymour Inlet area.

This incident is still under investigation so the detailed information and causes have not been released. This is the 2nd direct harvesting fatality in 2014.

Below are some requirements relating to manual tree falling operations that should be reviewed with your crew to help prevent future incidents:  read more »

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Most Recent Safety Alerts

Slip from skidder tire results in lost-time injury; reminder of importance of 3-point contact

Location: 
Approximately 70 km’s from Mackenzie, BC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A skidder operator was about to climb off his machine, using a tire to dismount. His footing slipped so he jumped the remaining few feet to ground, rather than falling face forward. When he landed the worker heard his ankle ‘pop’ and felt immediate pain.

A supervisor assessed the ankle damage. The injured worker could not put pressure on or stand using that ankle.

This injury has resulted in a time-loss incident for the employer and long term healing for the worker.

Winch Safety

Location: 
BC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

“That mud hole looks deeper than it was last Thursday; I think the weekend hunters may have chewed up the trail more than we thought.”

“Yes, and the storm last night didn’t help either. Maybe get out and have a closer look, Paul.

Sure…… Yes, it’s deep, but it has a solid bottom. High on the right hand side looks best, Jim.

“OK. Stand clear, partner.…… Rats. That’s not going to work. I’ll try it gently in reverse, and see if we can ease out of this one.”

“No, hold on there Jim. I think we’re going to spin ‘er down even worse if we push it. Let’s take advantage of our winch. Sure glad I brought my rubber boots.”

Stuck throttle on ATV creates a hazardous ride through Alder overgrown road

Location: 
near Revelstoke, BC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An employee was using an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to return to the truck at the end of the day. The road being travelled down was heavily overgrown with alder and the ride was slow.

In one particularly thick area the quad had to work hard to push against the growth of the alder. At this point a piece of alder broke off and became lodged in the throttle mechanism. The machine began to pick up speed in the thick alder and the operator had a difficult time maintaining control of the machine as the throttle was stuck on.

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