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Good Samaritan Stabbed at Crash Scene

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Inland Island Hwy – North of Hwy #4 / Port Alberni Turnoff
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-09-21
Company Name: 
Mount Sicker Lumber Company
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A worker was heading to Port Alberni, for work, in the early morning. While en route he witnessed a motor vehicle veer across both northbound lanes, grass meridian and southbound lanes, ending up in the bushes, north of the Hwy #4 junction.

The worker called his Supervisor to advise him he was going to stop and instructed him to contact 911 to send out the police and ambulance.

The worker helped the vehicle driver out of the ditch and up to the road side. The vehicle driver then turned on the worker, stabbed him in the chest and stole the worker’s vehicle.

The worker was able to call his Supervisor back to report the stabbing and vehicle theft. An ambulance was already on its way to the incident and the worker was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

During a regular workday, forestry employees and supervisors are well versed in ERP for serious injury within their work environment.

The employees have not received ERP training for non-work related, non-industrial incidents or motor vehicle accidents that include upset conditions and unknown citizens.

  • Do not put yourself into an unsafe situation when you are not trained in the upset condition
  • If possible, wait until someone can render assistance
  • If leaving your vehicle ensure you contact someone to advise them first of the incident and location, along with a check back time. Follow working alone Man Check procedures.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Mount Sicker Lumber Company kent@mountsicker.com 

Feller-Buncher comes within 5 feet of unmarked rock cliff

Safety Alert Type: 
Mechanical Tree Falling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-02-09
Company Name: 
CANFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A buncherman was falling trees along the road right-of-way at night before luckily stopping within five feet of a steep rock cliff, which dropped fifteen feet down to a stream below. There was no indication of the steep rock cliff on the logging plan map, and there weren’t any “safety hazard” ribbons hung in the field as per the ribboning standards.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Potential Hazards:

  • A steep rock cliff that was a significant drop in the cutblock was not indicated on the logging plan or discussed in the prework
  • Layout contractor did not follow procedures by failing to mark the rock cliff as a “safety hazard” with the appropriate ribbons in the field and including all known hazards on the final layout map; contractor confirmed they were aware of the expectation to do this
  • An incomplete logging plan map that did not include any indication of a significant safety hazard.

Preventative Actions:

  • Review ribboning standards with all layout crews and permitting staff to ensure full understanding
  • Complete investigation with all layout crews to identify if ribbon & mapping standards weren’t followed in any previous blocks so any safety hazards can be identified before any logging activity
  • Review ribbon & mapping standards to identify opportunities for improvement (e.g., “ROAD R/W” & “Safety Hazard” ribbon are both pink w/ black).

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd (250) 962-3229 Tyson.vondenSteinen@canfor.com 

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safety_alert_canfor_LOGGING_PLAN_1_21_2016.pdf

Gloves are PPE so choose the right ones for the job

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-01-21
Company Name: 
CANFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An employee - while wearing fingerless wool gloves - was using a steel tape to complete log quality measurements. The tape had recently been repaired and the release mechanism was “stiffer” than before and did not release from the log when the attempt was made to do so.

The employee’s finger was cut by the tape while attempting to pull the tape loose; four stitches were required.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Potential Hazards:

  • Inadequate PPE worn while using a potentially sharp object (i.e., fingerless wool gloves & steel tape)
  • Lack of awareness due to an insufficient administrative control (i.e., hand PPE policy)
  • Abnormal condition as the release mechanism on the tape was not functioning as expected after having been repaired.

Preventative Actions:

  • Cut resistant gloves that offer the required amount of dexterity (similar to those pictured in the attached document) have been identified and will be available for staff at each operation
  • The policy for hand PPE in the OH&S Program will be revised to read as follows: "Employees must always wear SUITABLE gloves whenever risk of hand injury is present."

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd (250) 962-3229 Tyson.vondenSteinen@canfor.com 

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safety_alert_canfor_HAND_PPE_1_21_2016.pdf

Towing a vehicle from a ditch: Beware of potential hazards

Safety Alert Type: 
Vehicles
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2015-12-15
Company Name: 
CANFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An employee had to leave the road and drive into a ditch to avoid an on-coming logging truck. The pickup could not be driven out on its own so arrangements were made for it to be pulled out by the next loaded logging truck that passed by.

The employee made the decision to be in the pickup, without securing a seatbelt, to assist with steering while being pulled out. The pickup eventually rolled over onto its roof with the driver inside as it slid along the ditch.

During the extraction the tow rope broke and came close to hitting the person assisting with the extraction.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Potential Hazards:

  • Encountering an unexpected vehicle
  • Occupying a vehicle that is not on a stable surface
  • Occupying a moving vehicle without having the seatbelt secured
  • Using a tow rope in disrepair and without the proper precautionary measures.

Preventative Actions:

  • Never occupy a vehicle that is not on a stable surface and always wear a seatbelt when it’s in motion
  • Know your limitations and when a tow truck might be required to safely tow a vehicle.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tyson von den Steinen, Canadian Forest Products Ltd (250) 962-3229 Tyson.vondenSteinen@canfor.com

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WorkSafe Bulletin - Noise Levels: How loud is it?

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Job sites throughout BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-10-11
Company Name: 
WorkSafeBC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

As a worker in the forest industry, you may be exposed to hazardous levels of noise on the job. Regular exposure to sounds louder than 85 decibels (dBA) can cause permanent hearing loss. You may not work regular eight-hour shifts or be exposed to noise continuously, but you may still be at risk of hearing loss.

Noise levels and exposure time work together to create the risk. Working in higher noise levels for a short time or in lower noise levels for a long time can cause the same harm.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

In the attached WorkSafe Bulletin, a table shows how long you can be exposed to certain noise levels without harm. It also lists examples of typical noise exposures for several forestry occupations.

For example, if you work as a manual faller for 8 hours a day and are exposed to noise at 103 dBA, you can work in this environment for up to 7.5 minutes before the noise becomes hazardous. It's important to know how loud your equipment or work enviornment is to understand the risk you face.

If testing shows that your noise exposure is greater than 85 dBA (averaged over an eight-hour day), your employer must take steps to protect your hearing. These steps include reducing workplace noise and providing you with hearing protection. Your hearing protection must be comfortable and provide adequate protection from noise.

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) rates hearing protection as Class A, B or C, depending on how much noise reduction the protection provides. The recommended protection for eight hours of exposure is explained in the attached bulletin.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

WorkSafeBC Prevention Information Line: 1-888-621-7233

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Safety_Alert_WSBC-How_Loud_Is_It-Forestry.pdf

Log Hauling Shut Down Procedures

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2015-09-29
Company Name: 
INTERFOR (Adams Lake Division)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Introduction: Every spring and fall there will be conditions / weather events that make for extremely challenging hauling conditions.

Interfor has already introduced the Mandatory Chain-Up Procedures to reduce logging truck related incidents. These Log Hauling Shut-Down Procedures are meant to support this goal.

There are certain days where road conditions make hauling very challenging. Sometimes shutting down the log haul is the best action to the incidents.

Shut Down Criteria: There are several scenarios that could cause the shut-down of a log haul. These are the most common scenarios:

Early/Late Season Snow Events:

  • -2 to +2 degrees Celsius temperature range
  • Fresh wet snow greater than 4-6 inches accumulation or freezing rain events.
  • Grader, Sand Truck not able to keep up.

Rain Events after periods of dry on steep ground.

Extreme Wind Events with a risk of trees coming down on passing trucks

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Procedures to Shut-Down a Log Haul: If any of the listed scenarios are experienced the following steps will occur:

1. As the Loaderman travels to the block in the morning he will contact the Lead Truck via radio and communicate:

  • Any new road hazards
  • The status of the grader / sand truck
  • Weather conditions on the road.

2. Based on the information provided by the Loaderman, the Lead Truck might make the decision to try the road with his empty truck because of his skill level and additional safety precautions taken (ie: extra chains).

3. Based on personal experience to that point in the day and also on the Loaderman’s information, the Lead Truck will make a recommendation on whether or not the haul should continue. If the Lead Truck feels it should be cancelled, he is to immediately contact his Contractor Supervisor to communicate the conditions and haul status.

4. It is the Contractor Supervisor who will make the final decision on whether the haul should continue or not. This way the Lead Truck is absolved of potential peer pressure from other trucks who may want the haul to continue. *All drivers have the power and authority to stop hauling themselves if they feel unsafe or unqualified for the conditions.*

5. Once the haul has been called off:

  • ALL trucks are to be notified immediately by the Lead Truck or the Contractor Supervisor
  • The Interfor Supervisor is to be notified as soon as possible.

Interfor encourages and supports the decision of any truck driver, lead truck or contractor who chooses or recommends NOT to haul on a road due to the condition of it. Shutting down the haul due to adverse conditions could be the single most effective “Tool” in reducing the number and severity of trucking incidents that we experience in the BC Interior.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Erik Kok, RPF Operations Superintendent, Adams Lake Division erik.kok@interfor.com 

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Safety_Alert_Interfor-Hauling_Shut_Down_Procedures-29-9-2015.pdf

CLOSE CALL: Worker slips, falls down bluff

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
Conuma River (near Gold River, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-09-23
Company Name: 
Ranger Forest Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A worker was hanging falling boundary for a helicopter harvesting cutblock in very steep and broken terrain. After approximately three hours in the timber, the worker was near the top of a rock bluff when he lost his footing and slid/fell approximately twenty metres along a 130% slope, landing on his back.

After a few minutes of recovery, the worker was able to call on the radio to his partner, who came to his aid. After the co-worker assessed him they were able to walk to the pickup truck and drive to first aid.

Along the drive, the worker felt sick and requested the truck to pull over. The worker stood at the side of the road then fainted, falling down in the ditch. The worker recovered a few moments later and was able to continue the journey to first aid.

The first aid attendant suggested the injured worker see a doctor at the hospital for a more thorough evaluation for injuries. After applying a neck brace on the worker, first aid accompanied the worker and his working partner to the hospital where the worker was evaluated by a doctor.

The doctor examined the worker with an x-ray on the worker’s elbow to check for a fracture. The x-ray was negative for fracture. The worker received an anti-inflammatory shot and was released.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Always assess your worksite for injury potential and severity, do not take risks.
  • Understand fatigue and how it can affect your judgement. Take a break and assess any questionable task or worksite.
  • Discussion with employee to review circumstance of incident and ensure more diligence in assessing risk and taking safer routes.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Sandy White (250) 202-0007 sandy@rangerforest.ca 

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Safety_Alert_Ranger-Forest-Services_2016-9-23.pdf

Reminder that vehicles need to be “winter ready” as of October 1st

Safety Alert Type: 
Vehicles
Location: 
Throughout British Columbia
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-10-01
Company Name: 
Government of B.C. - Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Winter weather is just around the corner and the B.C. Government’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is reminding motorists that winter tire rules come into effect as of Oct. 1.

That means drivers will be required to equip their vehicles with winter tires if they plan to travel on certain highways in the North, the Interior, the South Coast (such as the Sea to Sky Highway) and Vancouver Island (such as the Malahat, Highway 14, Highway 4 and Highway 28).

“Drivers who travel on high mountain passes and designated routes where weather can suddenly change need to make sure their vehicles are winter ready,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “We want to be certain drivers are prepared for unpredictable and changing driving conditions. Make sure you are using winter tires that are in good condition, with solid treads, and adjusting your speed to match road and weather conditions.”

In British Columbia, winter tires are defined as those labelled with either the Mountain Snowflake symbol or the Mud and Snow (M+S) symbol.

Winter tires must be in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 mm, and must be used on designated highways Oct. 1 to March 31. Winter tires improve driving safety by providing better traction in snow, slush and icy conditions. Drivers are also reminded to check tire air pressure frequently, as it decreases in cold weather.

Commercial vehicles that are 27,000 kg gross volume weight (GVW) and greater - such as tractor trailers - are required to carry chains on the designated routes. The ministry recommends that commercial vehicle drivers keep chains onboard at all times and must be prepared to install them when conditions warrant.

Signs are posted to identify those highways where winter tires are required for lighter cars and trucks, and chains are required for heavy commercial trucks. These routes are generally located approaching high mountain passes and highways which see significant winter conditions and where conditions can change from rain to snow very quickly.

Note: Since more than 60% of B.C. motorists drive in parts of the province where snow conditions are not common, the ministry is not considering requiring all drivers to equip their vehicles with winter tires – it’s only for motorists travelling on the designated routes.

Drivers planning to travel through these designated routes are encouraged to “know before you go” and check DriveBC.ca for the latest for latest highway conditions, highway cams, route forecasts and delay information.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Quick facts:

  • Drivers who don’t have the proper winter tires on their vehicle on the designated routes can receive a fine of $121.
  • Drivers who don’t have the minimum tread depth on their tires (3.5mm) on the designated routes can receive a fine of $109.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information on:

A) Winter tire and chain requirements in B.C., go to: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/tra...

B) Driving preparation and tips, visit the “Shift into winter” website at: http://shiftintowinter.ca/ 

(SOURCE: This information provided through the Government of BC, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016TRAN0280-001797)

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Close calls emphasize the importance of proper radio and hauling procedures

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
Location: 
Leo Creek Forest Service Road (near Fort St. James)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-08-24
Company Name: 
KDL Group
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A close call was reported at the 46 km mark on the Leo Creek Forest Service Road (FSR). Two loaded trucks were travelling down and two empties and a pick up were travelling up and they met at 46 km. There are sharp curves, poor sight lines and a single lane bridge at this section of the road.

The investigation indicates that loaded calling procedures were taking place but it was unclear as to the number of loaded trucks. The first loaded truck went past the 3 empties in a pull-out and then the empties started up the FSR and had a close call with the second loaded logging truck. All vehicles were on the proper radio channel and were able to clear but it was a close call.

Over the last month there has been an increased effort by all users of the Leo Creek FSR to enforce proper radio and hauling procedures. This has been a joint effort that has had a positive impact on the overall safety of the road network. Following radio and haul road procedures are critical components of safe operations.

We must always drive to the conditions and drive as if there is someone on every corner/pinch point – not all road users have a radio.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Follow the Driving Forest Roads & Radio Procedures
  • Drive at a safe speed with headlights and taillights on. Be aware of the road conditions, drive accordingly, and obey all posted speed limits and road signs, including “Must Call” signs.
  • Area roads are “Radio Assisted and not Radio Controlled” You must drive thinking that you could meet someone around every corner or pinch point!

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

KDL Group www.kdlgroup.net

 

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Safety_Alert_KDL_Group_2016-8-24.pdf

Lunch Break Fires: Be sure to properly and fully extinguish them!

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Higher elevation forestry site
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-09-14
Company Name: 
Columbia Extreme Contracting Ltd
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On September 11th, a forestry worker on a high elevation worksite built a lunch fire, which he did not properly extinguish. There had been 6 inches of snow that morning.

Crews working on the site on September 14th smelled smoke, and found the smouldering remains of the fire. The fire was then fully extinguished, and checked again at the end of the day.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Cold, damp and even snowy conditions don’t necessarily negate the chance of forest fires.
  • Use utmost care and attention when starting any type of camp fire, any time of the year.
  • Always follow BC campfire regulations.
  • Dig down to mineral soil.
  • Clear a fire guard 1 metre x 1 metre in area to be free of fuels adjacent to the fire.
  • Have either 8 litres of water or a hand tool on site while the fire is burning.
  • Keep fire smaller than 0.5 metres x 0.5 metres.
  • Make sure the ashes of your fire are fully extinguished and cool to the touch before you leave the area.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Mark Teasdale (250) 348-2234

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Safety_Alert_Columbia_Extreme_2016-9-14.pdf
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