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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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Safety Alert - Fatality - 2015-07-05 - Faller

On July 5th while falling a tree, a manual tree faller was struck by a second tree and fatally injured. He was working for the BC Wildfire Service near Sechelt.

Our condolences go out to the family and co-workers of the deceased worker. WorkSafeBC, the BC Wildfire Service and the Coroner’s Service are investigating this incident and the results will be released as soon as possible.

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

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