2010-09-17 Burn Area Hazards

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
BC Timber Sales
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The 2010 fire season was very active with intense fire behaviour being observed in areas of dead and dry pine stands.   This has resulted in an increased level of hazard/danger trees within the burned areas.  It has been recently observed by staff completing work on these fires, that some of the the timber with or without signs of fire damage have been significantly weakened and are beginning to fall over or are leaning to an extent that presents a hazard.  It has also been noted that these trees have been seen falling or leaning without any noticeable wind present.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Avoid entering burn areas during windy conditions.

When entering the burn areas, staff must wear all of their personal protective equipment (hard hats, high visibility vests, suitable foot wear) at all times.

Staff must have suitable radio communications to the office or to other staff in the area.

Staff should have a more frequent check-in period while working in these areas.

Staff should work in pairs when entering these high hazard areas.

Staff must have an enhanced awareness of their surroundings for potential hazards.

Areas requiring extensive work or activity in the burn area, should be assessed for danger trees by a certified person and suitable no work zone established.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Grant johannesen 250-992-4400

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