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Combustible dust winter alert - increased risk in winter

British Columbia
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From WorkSafeBC Hazard Alert 2012-08

The risk of a dust explosion increases when low humidity levels, like those seen in winter months, make dust easy to disperse and ignite. In fact, industrial accident investigations by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board found that seven out of eight fatal combustible dust explosions from 1995 to 2009 occurred during cold winter months when these weather conditions were most prominent.

Gear Reducer Hazard Alert

British Columbia
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From WorkSafeBC Hazard Alert 2012-07

WorkSafeBC is currently conducting investigations into the two sawmill explosions that occurred earlier this year in Burns Lake and Prince George. In the course of these investigations, our officers have come to understand that gear reducers may overheat in certain circumstances and become potentially dangerous in wood processing environments.

Webinar: Snowmobile Safety for Forestry Contractors

It’s sled season again! Are you and your crews prepared? Join us for a lively session on snowmobile safety for forestry contractors to learn about pre-trip planning for remote field locations, the right equipment for your work area, safe handling skills (including getting unstuck), safe transport of sleds and much more.

This session is a great introduction for field workers new to snowmobile use and an ideal refresher for staff. There will be lots of discussion and opportunities to share your experiences and knowledge with other forestry workers.

Workshop: Safety Performance Improvement

Learn how to achieve sustained performance from your people and in your business with this 2 day workshop. Facilitated by leading human factors specialists, this course will take you through how the U.S.

BC Forest Safety Council, Canfor and New Gold Inc. partner to make resource roads safer.

VANDERHOOF, BC— July 19, 2012 — BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) reps Rachel Derrick and Rick Walters met with Steve Nevidon from Canfor and Bob Geddes representing New Gold at 18.5km on the Kluskus Forest Service Road (junction with the Kenney Dam Rd) on Thursday July 19th to erect a Resource Road User Safety kiosk.

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