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Safety Alert - Fatalities - 2015-07-24 & 2015-07-27- Faller, Grapple Skidder Operator

On July 24th, a manual tree faller was struck by a tree and fatally injured in the Port McNeil area. On July 27th, a grapple skidder operator was struck by a log and fatally injured while working on a grapple yarding logging operation north of Revelstoke. WorkSafeBC and the Coroners Service are investigating both incidents and the results will be released as soon as possible.

These incidents are the 4th and 5th direct forestry fatalities1 of 2015. The others are:  read more »

Safety Alert - Fatality - 2015-07-11 - Faller, Mechanic

On July 11th, a manual tree faller was struck and fatally injured while falling trees in the North Coast area of BC. WorkSafeBC and the Coroners Service are investigating this incident and the results will be released as soon as possible. This is the third direct1 harvesting fatality of 2015.

Another incident involving a non-forestry worker occurred on July 8th in the Cariboo region. A mechanic was fatally injured while working underneath a lowbed truck.  read more »

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Cougar sighting a reminder to be prepared

Rutherford Creek, 16.2km (Sea-to-Sky Corridor)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two workers had just finished setting up equipment for a bridge site plan survey when they turned to see a cougar on the road about 30 metres away. The cougar sat for a few moments before bolting into the woods.

The workers returned to the truck, ensuring they made a lot of noise. Back at the truck, they fired off a few bear bangers and then continued to work, while keeping watch. The work day was completed without further sightings or incident.

Rock hits excavator operator's eye through open front window of machine's cab

near Port McNeill, BC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While building a road an excavator operator was struck in the eye by a rock that shot through an open front window.

Hazard: Open windows and doors pose a hazard to machine operators as falling, flying, or intruding objects can enter the cab unexpectedly.

Over height log trucks strike construction scaffold

Highway 19 Nimpkish River Bridge (Port McNeill, BC)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The Nimpkish River Bridge (also known as the “Green Bridge”) south of Port McNeill, is currently undergoing regular maintenance. Scaffolding has been erected to provide work platforms for the painters and sandblasters.

Although a height restriction of 4.5 metres is in place and clearly marked with signage, the overhead scaffold structure has been struck twice by logging trucks that are exceeding this limit, resulting in damage to the support system of the structure.

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