Sadly, the BC Forest Safety Council has learned of a direct harvesting fatality that occurred on November 7th in the Chetwynd area.
The tractor of a loaded cut to length (CTL) logging truck went off the side of a single lane bridge. The tractor came to rest on the driver's side of the cab. The driver was found on the ground under the cab.
Updated: An investigation report has been completed and is available from WorkSafe BC at: http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/AccidentInvestigations/IR-Transportation.asp?ReportID=37623
A previous incident that was considered a direct harvesting fatality has recently been reclassified so the addition of the Chetwynd incident brings the total to 11 for 2013.
Also, a manufacturing fatality occurred on November 13th at a forest products manufacturing and log sorting operation in Mission. A young worker was fatally injured when struck by a bundle of logs that was being pushed into the Fraser River.
Although the causes of these incidents have not been identified, it is important for the forest industry to examine their operations and make any necessary changes to prevent similar incidents.