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  • MAG Safety Alert – Heater Failure Caused Fire

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/06/11

    Heater Failure Caused Fire The infra-red radiant heater mounted on the ceiling above the VDA lube system failed. Video surveillance shows that the element failed, causing a shower of sparks… Read More

  • Industry Alert – Train and Logging Truck Collision

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/06/10

    Train and Logging Truck Collision Just north of Quesnel, an eastbound loaded logging truck was crossing a marked rail crossing when a southbound freight train collided with the trailer. The… Read More

  • Industry Alert – Dusty Conditions on Forest Service Road

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: Bamfield, BC
    Date: 2020/06/05

    Dusty Conditions on Forest Safety Road (Bamfield) A driver, experienced with operating on resource roads, drove into the back of a logging truck that was travelling in the same direction…. Read More

  • MAG Safety Alert – Log Truck Driver – Twisted Knee Lost Time

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/06/04

    Log Truck Driver – Twisted Knee Lost Time A log truck driver was making a delivery to the mill. Conditions were very slippery, and drivers were instructed to wear ice… Read More

  • Industry Alert – Lowboy / Lowbed Incidents Lead to Serious Operator Injuries

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Company: Forest Resources Association
    Location: USA
    Date: 2020/06/01

    Lowboy / Lowbed Incidents Lead to Serious Operator Injuries Two lowboy operators sustained injuries in separate incidents involving lowbed trailers. This safety alert provides an overview of both incidents and… Read More

  • Industry Alert – Maintaining Driver Awareness

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/06/01

    The Importance of Maintaining Driver Awareness Recent collisions on a rail crossing and dusty resource road serve as reminders to be aware of conditions and your surroundings at all times…. Read More

  • June 2020 Monthly Safety Alert – Wildfire Hazards: Danger Trees

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/06/01

    Wildfire Hazards: Danger Trees Both forestry workers and fire crews responding to wildfires will be exposed to risks and hazards that exist in a wildfire environment. A danger tree is… Read More

  • MAG Safety Alert – Other Struck By Falling Shaft

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/05/21

    Other Struck By Falling Shaft Two employees were removing an idler shaft from the bottom of a conveyor to replace bearings. The first employee was using a short length of… Read More

  • MAG Safety Alert – Pinched Finger While Feeding Hog

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/05/07

    Pinched Finger While Feeding Hog A new cleanup employee was feeding the hog. While looking up the conveyor to regulate the feed of scrap sticks and boards into the hog,… Read More

  • May 2020 Monthly Safety Alert – Wildfire Hazards: Phase Congestion

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Date: 2020/05/01

    Wildfire Hazards: Phase Congestion Both forestry workers and fire crews responding to wildfires will be exposed to risks and hazards that exist in a wildfire environment including “phase congestion”. Phase… Read More

  • Industry Alert – Bear & Wildlife Safety

    Alert Type: Industry Alert, WorkSafeBC Bulletin
    Company: WorkSafeBC
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/04/22

    Springtime Necessities of Bear and Wildlife Safety Spring is a time when bears are very active. Bears (and other wildlife) can pose a serious threat to workers in wilderness areas…. Read More

  • Industry Alert – Flood & Landslide Risk

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/04/21

    Flood and Landslide Risk High temperatures across many areas of the province last week have increased snow melt and caused an increased risk of flooding, washouts and landslides. This safety… Read More

  • MAG Safety Alert – De-Wrap Near Miss

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/04/16

    De-Wrap Near Miss A logging truck driver pulled up to the de-wrap station to remove the wrappers. While removing the second wrapper of the second bunk, the wrapper grabbed/caught something…. Read More

  • Heli Hill Crew Worker in the Bite

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Location: Coastal BC
    Date: 2020/04/13

    A heli-hooktender sustained a fractured right femur, left ankle & wrist requiring surgery after attempting to split a log too heavy for the helicopter to lift. The log slabs burst… Read More

  • April 2020 Monthly Safety Alert – Supervising Remote Workers

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert, COVID-19
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/04/01

    Supervising Remote Workers In order to remain operational during the COVID-19 pandemic, companies have had to adjust the way they do things. One example of this is requiring some workers… Read More

  • MAG Safety Alert – Piece of Steel Fell From Above

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/03/19

    Piece of Steel Fell From Above A clean-up employee was shoveling debris underneath the MGR into a vibrating conveyor when a piece of steel (chain capture) 15’x8’x3/8 weighing approximately 10… Read More

  • Industry Alert – Workstation Hygiene

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Company: INTERFOR
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/03/18

    It is critical that we all do our part in preventing the transmission of spreadable illnesses and viruses such as COVID-19. This alert is a guide to help keep your… Read More

  • Fatal Leg Injury While Working Alone In Isolation

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/03/15

    The following information is derived from a Coroner’s Report of an incident that occurred in BC in the Spring of 2019. This tragic incident did not occur in a forestry… Read More

  • MAG Safety Alert – Electrical Planer Head VFD Near Miss

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/03/12

    Electrical Planer Head VFD Near Miss Employees and a supervisor performed a pre-work hazard assessment and corresponding lockout procedure for a Planer Head Change. Sometime later an Electrician informed the… Read More

  • COVID-19 Personal Protection

    Alert Type: Industry Alert, COVID-19
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Date: 2020/03/01

    The most important step we can take to prevent infection or illness for ourselves, our families, friends and co-workers is to practice good basic hygiene and take simple precautions. This… Read More

  • March 2020 Monthly Safety Alert – Working During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert, COVID-19
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/03/01

    Working During the COVID-19 Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has put significant pressure on all industries, including forestry. Companies continuing to operate have had to make significant adjustments to ensure the… Read More

  • MAG Safety Alert – Concussion From Being Struck With a Pike Pole

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/02/27

    Concussion From Being Struck With a Pike Pole A worker was using a pike pole to straighten a cross-up at the strip machine unscrambler pocket. The waste belt under the… Read More

  • Hoe-forwarding Tip-over Incident

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Company: INTERFOR
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/02/27

    A Madill 3800C was forwarding second growth logs downhill on 15% slope. The boom was forward and down when the puncheon started to collapse. The back tracks started to slide… Read More

  • MAG Safety Alert – Headrig Bandsaw Shot Through Filing Room Trap Doors

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/02/20

    Headrig Bandsaw Shot Through Filing Room Trap Doors log with a knot at the end was being sawn in half at the Headrig. As the second half of the log… Read More

  • Grapple Yarder Tips Over

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Company: INTERFOR
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/02/20

    A grapple yarder operator with a young worker helper standing on deck was backing his machine down a 12% grade road. While backing down, the lower track slid on rock… Read More

  • February 2020 Monthly Safety Alert – Top 10 Tips for a Safe Start Up

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/02/01

    Top 10 Tips for a Safe Start Up BCFSC has identified the top ten things forestry operations should consider when starting up after a period of down time. Download this… Read More

  • MAG Safety Alert – Concussion From Striking Face on Steel Cable

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/01/30

    Concussion From Striking Face on Steel Cable A new worker was adjusting the position of a chip scow using the manual controller located on the float. The worker unintentionally caused… Read More

  • TAG Safety Alert – Log Hauling Injury Rate Lowest on Record

    Alert Type: CHAG/TAG Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/01/29

    During a period where the BC forest industry is experiencing some uncertainty, distractions can make it challenging to continue to focus on safety. However, achieving the lowest injury rate on… Read More

  • MAG Safety Alert – Pinched Hand Injury Resulting in Medical Treatment

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/01/23

    Pinched Hand Injury Resulting in Medical Treatment A worker sustained a contusion injury to the right hand while assisting another worker at a filing room head saw bench. MAG Safety… Read More

  • January 2020 Monthly Safety Alert – Training and Certification for HIAB Operators

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2020/01/01

    Training and Certification for HIAB Operators Boom Trucks, or truck mounted cranes (often referred to as HIAB) are common in many forestry operations. However, as a result of a 2017… Read More