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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.

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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.”

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