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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 »

Action required before May 15 to improve ATV Road Deactivation

Conference call on April 17 to learn more about promising practices for safety and productivity

All licensees, operators, foresters, hoe operators, safety officers and others are invited to join the Western Silvicultural Contractors Association (WSCA) on Friday, April 17 at 9 AM PST toll-free 1-866-613-5223, access code 7647151# to learn more about how to improve worker safety while also improving the quality and productivity of tree planting.  read more »

It is Road Safety at Work Week in BC!

From March 2-6, all employers and workers are asked to create awareness around road safety at work.

On average in BC each year, 23 workers die in work-related motor vehicle incidents and more than 1,200 are injured.

Distracted driving is a key factor. The BC Forest Safety Council co-sponsored this radio ad across the province to help spread the safety message.

Because on the road, the smartest phone is off!

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Most Recent Safety Alerts

Hidden ice on snowy resource road leaves crew & truck stranded as windstorm topples trees

Location: 
Witches Brook Rd. (near Logan Lake, BC)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two workers in a pick-up truck were climbing a windy road along a power line to do site inspection and road recon for a slash pile burning project. The road was steep and a light layer of snow covered it, making a layer of ice underneath invisible.

HAZARD ALERT - Log trailer cable bells need close inspection

Location: 
Throughout BC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

This safety alert serves as a “heads-up” to the possibility of a defect with the TRIP CABLE BELL (Part# ANSU3082-25). Interfor's Interior operations have experienced equipment fatigue or failures involving the following trends:

1. D-Ring metal fatigue/breakage

2. Cable wear/extensive fraying

3. Cable bell failure

(see photos in attached pdf)

Soft road conditions make for difficult steering

Location: 
Shuswap region
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Due to abnormally mild weather conditions in the Shuswap region, road conditions on the Adams West FSR are becoming hazardous.

Specifically, the un-travelled portions of the road surface are becoming extremely soft and making it very hard to steer in.

 

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