Faller Death Review Panel Report

January 22, 2010

On July 29 and July 30, 2009, a Death Review Panel was convened in Nanaimo to
examine the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three tree fallers who died in
coastal logging operations in the early part of 2008.

Fifteen panel members were appointed under Section 49 of the Coroners Act. The panel
represented a wide cross-section of backgrounds within the forestry sector, including
the industry, labour, government, regulatory establishment and forest safety advocacy.
Working fallers and falling contractors were also prominently represented on the panel.

The purpose of a death review panel is to review the facts and circumstances of deaths
in order to provide advice to the Chief Coroner with respect to matters that may impact
public health and safety and the prevention of deaths.

Following the review, the panel chair reported to the Chief Coroner any findings
respecting the circumstances surrounding the deaths that were the subject of the
review and any recommendations respecting the prevention of similar deaths.

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