Advisory for Grapple Yarder Crews: Change in voice command

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WorkSafeBC has introduced a change to Occupational Health and Safety Regulation that impacts crews working with grapple yarder systems (effective June 3, 2019).

In Table 26-8 Voice Commands for Grapple Yarders, when instructing an operator to grapple the log and go ahead (Item #1), the voice command changes from “CLOSE AND GO” to “TAKE IT”.

The original voice command was found to be too similar to other commands.

Table 26-8 should be amended to refer to “TAKE IT” as the voice command in Item #1 (see attached pdf).

Learnings and Suggestions: 

This table is located in Part 26 of the OHS Regulation (Forestry Operations and Similar Activities).

WorkSafeBC web link: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/law-policy/occupational-health-safety/searchable-ohs-regulation/ohs-regulation/part-26-forestry-operations#SectionNumber:26.99

It can also be found in the BC Forest Safety Council’s Selected Excerpts from Workers Compensation Act, Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Motor Vehicle Act Regulations (Version: December 5, 2018)

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