BC Forest Safety Council launches walking challenge to help improve health of log haulers

Date: 
September 30, 2013

PRINCE GEORGE & NANAIMO, September 30, 2013 – The BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) is rolling out a new health and wellness program focused on increasing the physical activity levels and overall health of log truck drivers in BC. 

The Healthy Hauler Step Challenge aims to provide BC’s log truck drivers with an opportunity to become more active in an easy, fun, and inexpensive way. Using pedometers provided free by the BCFSC, truckers can track the number of steps they take each day, log them over a month’s time, compete for prizes, and earn recognition in their industry. They can challenge themselves, co-workers, and teams from other companies. 

“Log haulers work long days. It can be very tough to find time to build exercise into a work day, but it’s important if log haulers are to overcome some of the health challenges they can face”, said Rick Walters, Director Transportation Safety, BCFSC. “By using this program, log haulers can be active, measure their progress, and take increasingly bigger steps towards a healthier, safer and more productive work place.”

The first round of the step challenge begins October 15, 2013. Please call the BCFSC Transportation Safety team at 1-877-324-1212 or email transport@bcforestsafe.org to learn more.

About BCFSC:
The British Columbia Forest Safety Council was created in September 2004 as a not-for-profit society dedicated to promoting safety in the forest industry. The organization provides training, information, guidance, safety advisor advocacy, safety reviews and audits to industry. The focus is on preventing fatalities and injuries by helping all industry participants implement best practice safety performance in every forest harvesting job. This covers silviculture activities and timber falling, to machine operators, log truck drivers, heli-logging operations, water haulers and more. Unsafe is Unacceptable.

Contact:
Pam Agnew, BCFSC: 250-824-5186

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