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  • Overhead Line Strikes

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Company: Mosaic Forest Management
    Date: 2023/04/11

    Overhead line strikes with heavy equipment reveal gaps in hazard and risk assessments. Learn more in this industry-submitted alert.

  • March 2023 Monthly Safety Alert – Maintenance Safety

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert
    Date: 2023/03/30

    Spring break-up is typically a time for maintenance and repairs. Whether it’s maintaining a bridge, log truck or fire pump, there are some essential practices that will help keep you… Read More

  • MAG Safety Alert – Sawmill Fire in a Barker

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BCFSC
    Location: BC
    Date: 2023/03/15

    Safety Alert During scheduled maintenance on the Barker, a millwright noticed the feed-rolls on set #2 needed to be fixed. During the inspection, it was also noticed the kidney plates… Read More

  • Driver Distraction Sends Logging Truck Over Embankment

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Date: 2023/03/14

    A log truck driver escaped unharmed after his vehicle left the roadway.   Learn more in this industry submitted alert.

  • MAG – Safety Alert – High Carbon Monoxide Readings

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BCFSC
    Location: BC
    Date: 2023/03/09

    Safety Alert Workers reported to the weekend maintenance supervisor about an abnormal melting / burning smell in the sawmill. The supervisor retrieved a Ventis MX4 detector used for confined space… Read More

  • Hydraulic Hose Failure Leads to Cut Tether Chain

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Company: Canoe Forest Products
    Location: Scotch Creek, BC
    Date: 2023/03/03

    While bunching using winch assist, the hydraulic hose for the boom burst, causing the boom to drop suddenly. Learn more in this submitted alert.

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Hydraulic Fluid Hazard

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Date: 2023/02/27

    Safety Alert Anyone working on or around pressurized fluid systems are at risk of being exposed to hydraulic fluid hazards. Preventive measures and precautions must be taken as exposure to… Read More

  • Faulty Radio Leads To Close Call With Loaded Log Truck

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Date: 2023/02/27

    Using a faulty handheld radio during resource road travel leads to close call with a loaded log truck. Learn more in this industry submitted alert.

  • February 2023 Monthly Safety Alert – Planning for Emergencies

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert
    Date: 2023/02/24

    Emergency Response Planning means preparing yourself with the right information, training and equipment to respond safely and efficiently if an injury or other unexpected event occurs.  Read more

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Finger Tip Amputation

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2023/02/23

    Safety Alert A barker operator called to have a barker tool arm inspected. Millwrights were assigned to the task and locked it out. The operator tested the lock out which… Read More

  • Hazards of Snowshoeing in Steep Terrain

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Date: 2023/02/21

    An attempt to snowshoe up a steep slope resulted in a slide and fall injury. Learn more in this industry-submitted alert.

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Cyclone Fire Pelletizer

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2023/02/15

    Safety Alert An external heater was used to melt the ice blockage on the exterior cyclone. There were no procedures in place for the use of an external heater. The… Read More

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Hidden Stored Energy in Radicon

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2023/02/09

    Safety Alert Interactions with Gear Reducers/Radicons have been responsible for many serious injuries within the forest products manufacturing industry. When a conveyor gets plugged up or jammed, the Radicon or… Read More

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Finger Tip Amputation

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2023/02/08

    Safety Alert The barker operator called to have barker tool arm inspected. Millwrights attended and locked out. The operator tested and the cut-off saw operator verified. An FLRHA was completed…. Read More

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Sharp Edges on Guide Cart

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2023/02/01

    Safety Alert Ergonomic matting created an uneven floor surface in the Filing Room resulting in a babbitt mold cart tipping over while it was being moved. As an employee was… Read More

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Bent Pin – Upset Condition

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2023/01/25

    Safety Alert During an upset condition, an employee was trying to remove a bent pin from a bottom head hold-down roll to get the machine back in service. The employee… Read More

  • Close call with firewood cutters on resource road

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Date: 2023/01/20

    No radio use and no signage by firewood cutters create a serious hazard for a resource road user from industry. Learn more in this submitted alert.

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Bandsaw Hoist Failure

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2023/01/19

    Safety Alert Sawfilers were lowering sharp bandsaws from the saw gallery to the canter bandmills when the chain hoist carrying the saw cradle and saws failed and the loaded saw… Read More

  • Unsafe Logging Truck Loads

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Date: 2023/01/18

    Several unsafe loads have been observed recently at multiple log yards. This is a major safety hazard to forestry workers as well as the public (see photos in attached Alert).

  • January 2023 Monthly Safety Alert – Avalanche Safety

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert
    Date: 2023/01/18

    As the winter progresses and snowpack levels increase, so does the risk of avalanches. Assessing and planning for avalanche hazards is required by regulation and is important to maintain worker… Read More

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Electrical Space Heater – Failed Power Strip Fire

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2023/01/11

    Safety Alert A small fire started in an office from a power bar located under an employee’s desk. Multiple devices were connected to the power bar including a space heater…. Read More

  • December 2022 Safety Alert: Emergency Drills

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert
    Date: 2022/12/15

    Reviewing emergency response procedures in a non-emergency situation is critical to ensure the plan works and everyone knows their role and expectations. Under times of stress, when every minute counts,… Read More

  • MAG – Safety Alert – ATV Rollover

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2022/12/15

    Safety Alert Serious Incident – ATV Roll Over An employee was travelling on an ATV along a deactivated road. The ATV was travelling slowly on the road which was overgrown… Read More

  • MAG Safety Alert – Whip Checks

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BCFSC
    Location: BC
    Date: 2022/12/08

    Safety Alert Pressurized Lines Can Cause Serious Injuries Each year workers are injured when pressurized hoses (pneumatic and hydraulic) become accidentally uncoupled from connections or a fitting failure occurs causing… Read More

  • Holiday Safety

    Alert Type: BCFSC Safety Alert
    Company: BCFSC
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2022/12/07

    With the holidays just around the corner, BCFSC has put together a Holiday Safety share to help keep you and your family safe this season.   Holiday Safety Tips

  • Early Season Snow Hazards

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Date: 2022/12/05

    Significant late October snowfall in the southern interior created access challenges on resource roads in the area. Learn more in this submitted alert from Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.

  • November 2022 Safety Alert: Weather Delays and Upset Conditions

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert
    Company: BCFSC
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2022/12/01

    Recent extreme weather events have put additional pressure on all forestry workers. Weather-related delays can cause high-production pressure and a rush to get the work done once workers are back… Read More

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Uncabling Logs

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2022/11/30

    Safety Alert An operator was uncabling a bundle of pulp logs secured by a LeTourneau. When the worker released the pin, a 2 foot piece of junk log rolled down… Read More

  • Fatality Alert – Nov 23, 2022

    Alert Type: Fatality Alert
    Date: 2022/11/30

    On November 23rd, 2022, a floatplane went down shortly after takeoff and sunk in Strachan Bay, just north of Port Hardy. The pilot and two forestry workers on board were… Read More

  • Grader operator airlifted out suffering from exposure

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Date: 2022/11/22

    The incident highlights the importance of doing multiple check-ins when working alone, or in isolation. Learn more in this industry-submitted alert.