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BC Forest Safety Ombudsman - Review of Failures Leading to Khaira Incident

Executive Summary

On July 21, 2010, a group of recreational boaters spotted a fire in a wooded area near Golden, BC. Because there was a camp fire ban in effect at the time, the boaters reported the fire to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), who in turn dispatched personnel to investigate. When the government officials arrived at the Khaira campsite where the fire had been spotted, they were greeted by a crew of silviculture workers. Nearly all the workers were black males, and as new Canadians, spoke little or no English. One of the workers was visibly injured and bleeding from the head. All the workers expressed relief and gratitude to the officials for arriving at the camp, and some said that they “hadn’t eaten in two days.”

2010-2011 BC Forest Safety Council Progress Report Released

It is my pleasure to let you know that the Council has published its Progress Report 2010-2011, which provides an overview of the forest industry’s safety efforts last year and a look at what is planned for the immediate future.

Steep Slope

Steep Slope Resource PackageOperating logging equipment on steep slopes increases the likelihood of reduced machine stability which can result in an upset or roll-over. These events can result in serious worker injuries or fatalities, significant environmental damage and/or expensive lost production and machine repairs.

Productive, injury-free steep slope mechanical harvesting operations require an integrated approach that draws on the skills of all forestry team members - owners, operational planners and lay out crews, contractors, assessors, supervisors and operators. This package was produced by a technical advisory group consisting of engineers, safety professionals, manufacturers, industry associations, forest professionals, logging managers, contractors, supervisors and operators from across BC.

Archive - Statistics updated March 1, 2011

Fatalities Trending Downward a concerted effort by many in B.C.’s forest industry is resulting in a positive trend.

by Rob Moonen

'Unacceptable' situation for tree planters prompts review by Forest Safety Ombudsman

Nanaimo, BC – (February 11, 2011) - A case involving what the provincial government called "unacceptable" treatment of 58 silvicultural workers will be examined by BC Forest Safety Ombudsman Roger Harris as part of a review of silviculture camp systems.

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