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WorkSafeBC approves 2011 amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation Effective Feb 1, 2012

At its October 2011 meeting, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors approved amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. These amendments will become effective on February 1, 2012. Click on the link below to view a summary of the approved changes.

Driving Change - Article Published in Silviculture Magazine Fall 2011 Issue

Article by Steven Mueller published in the Fall 2011 issue of Silivculture Magazine, www.silviculturemagazine.com

You don’t need a safety consultant to tell you that the greatest risk to silviculture workers is driving. Any tree planter can tell you that. Heading out to camp, riding to work in the crummy, backing up to the reefer, or running to town for supplies; most incidents causing significant loss will likely happen on (or off) the road. Granted, silviculture workers are more likely to suffer injuries due to repetitive stress, or slips, trips and falls. However, the big ticket items - serious injury, fatality, major vehicle damages and costly production loss - are usually due to vehicle incidents.

Westline Harvesting Ltd. awarded Safety MVP Award

Nanaimo, B.C. – A Williams Lake logging company has received an award from the BC Forest Safety Council, in recognition of their notable contribution to forest industry safety within their operations in 2011.

Westline Harvesting Ltd. was presented the Safety M.V.P. of the Year award at the Vancouver Island Safety Conference, October 1st in Nanaimo. The award, co-presented to Westline Operations Manager David Whitwell by the Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Donna Wilson, vice-president of Industry Services and Sustainability, WorkSafeBC and Safety Council CEO Peter Lineen, was created to acknowledge safety improvements at work through persistent efforts to seek changes by a company that has demonstrated leadership in integrating health & safety into their business practices.

Sig Kemmler awarded Cary White Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement

Nanaimo, B.C. – The co-founder of Duncan-based Alternative Forest Operations Ltd. (AFO) has received an award from the BC Forest Safety Council, in recognition of a long career in the forest industry that has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving safety awareness, expanding safety knowledge, developing safety skills at ground level and building a lasting culture of safety among BC’s forest workers.

Steep Grade Descent Tools

Logging TruckWorkSafeBC regulation 26.2 and the associated Guideline 26.2-2 describe requirements regarding hauling logs on steep grades (greater than 18%), a risk assessment is conducted and safe descent procedures are developed.

FP Innovations has developed a  spreadsheet lookup tools that forestry planners and supervisors can use when conducting risk assessments on grades greater than 18%. One sheet is focussed on off-highway fat trucks; the other looks at 6 and 7-axle configurations hauling highway legal loads. These tools provide recommended maximum payloads and speeds for specified road conditions (traction levels, grade, length of grade).

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