In December of 2012, the CEOs of TimberWest, Island Timberlands, Western Forest Products, Interfor and the Executive Director of BC Timber Sales decided to establish a task force to focus on the reduction of fatalities and serious injuries associated with the various phases of logging on the coast of British Columbia. The task force, named the Coast Harvest Advisory Group (CHAG), includes representatives from licensees, timberland owners, contractors (Truck Loggers Association) and the United Steelworkers.
The BC Forest Safety Council is providing secretariat and other support for the group. The task force has come up with a lengthy list of initiatives which we believe have the potential to dramatically reduce serious injuries and fatalities associated with logging, but also which will help to establish a stronger culture of safety associated with this work. CHAG is not carrying out all initiatives. In some cases very good work is already underway involving other organizations and we are coordinating with those groups and providing help wherever we can.
Below is a link to a summary of the areas in which we are working. We are particularly focusing attention on short-term efforts we believe will have high impact in improving logging safety. But there are some longer-term initiatives that we believe should also be addressed. Both are included in the summary:
- Craig Fredrickson, Mount Sicker Lumber Company and TLA Representative
- Kevin Playfair, KDL Group and TLA Representative
- Bill Nelson, Holbrook Dyson TLA Representative
- Ken Horsely, Western Canadian Timber Products and TLA Presentative
- Jason Cox, United Steelworkers (USW)
- Norm McLeod, United Steelworkers (USW)
- Craig Tilander, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
- Derek Nelson, Western Forest Products
- Aaron Racher, Mosaic Forest Management
- Ralph Friedrich, Interfor
- John Shearing, Mosaic Forest Management
Email us for more information about CHAG.