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BC Forest Safety Council and industry partners host educational sessions aimed at reducing log truck rollovers

PRINCE GEORGE & NANAIMO, April 9, 2014 – The BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) is hosting several sessions of the rollover prevention seminar, Anatomy of a Rollover, throughout the BC interior. The presenter, Grant Aune, of Advantage Fleet Services, has more than 32 years of commercial vehicle incident investigation and accident reconstruction experience.  read more »

WorkSafeBC Taking Action Following Truck Incidents

Following a number of serious incidents involving logging trucks on BC's highways and resource roads, WorkSafeBC is writing to log truck operators across the province to emphasize their concern for operator and public safety and to notify the operators of targeted inspections. Please see the attached letter and sample log truck inspection checklist  read more »

Injury Management/Return to Work (IM/RTW) Certificate of Recognition (COR) “frozen” for new Certifications in 2014

WorkSafeBC (WSBC) has confirmed that all organizations who are currently IM/RTW COR certified may continue to use the existing audit protocols through 2014 for both maintenance and recertification audits. WSBC is in a consultation process regarding a possible new “Work Disability Prevention Standard” which may result in a new audit protocol.  We will provide updates as released by WSBC.

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Fatality Alert Update - BCFSC # 2013-10-21

Details of Incident: 

On October 21st of 2013, a cedar salvager was fatally injured near Sayward, BC.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing and the results will be released as soon as possible. However, some general information about the hazards present at the incident site is known. The following update will provide suggested best practices to manage these types of hazards.

Extreme winds bring down snag onto truck

Preacher Ridge Forest Service Road (near 100 Mile House, BC)
Details of Incident: 

A worker was out burning piles in a recently completed logging block. He was driving his pick-up to the next block when the winds started to get extreme, hail began to fall and he noticed trees blowing over in the nearby bush. At that point the employee decided to turn around and head for home, not knowing the severity of the storm that was blowing in.

Close Call: Snowmobile rollover involves two people

Albreda Creek (between Valemount and Blue River, BC)
Details of Incident: 

Access to the work area (for timber development) was by snowmobile and included travelling on a deactivated road. While sledding through a deep waterbar, the operator lost control and the snowmobile rolled over.

Both operator and passenger rolled in tandem with the machine. The snowmobile rested upside down with the throttle pinned in the snow, wide open. Both workers rolled in close proximity to the accelerating track. A third worker travelling close behind observed the incident and ran over to help right the sled and get it shut down.

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