Cedar stakes used to help protect seedlings need to be stored in a dry manner to keep them light

Location: 
Coastal British Columbia
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-04-29
Company Name: 
Evergreen Forest Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

In order to protect seedlings - especially western red cedar - from hungry deer and elk, plastic cones or wire cages are used. These protectors require cedar stakes to secure them in the ground. These stakes are most often 5 feet long and 3/4” x 3/4” inches in size.

When these stakes are left outside unprotected from the rain, they become soaking wet and extremely heavy. These heavy stakes present a considerable MSI injury risk to everyone who handles them, particularly the people installing them.

When stakes are soaked and heavy they make the risk of overloading the vehicle transporting them much greater.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

When storing stakes outside – tarp them. You’ll be doing everyone down the line a big favour. You will reduce the risk to those handling them and you will reduce MSI injuries in the people installing them.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact: Evergreen Forest Services Ltd. (250) 226-7611

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