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  • 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.

  • MAG Safety Alert – Dropped Saw Blade

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BCFSC
    Location: BC
    Date: 2022/11/09

    Safety Alert During a scheduled bandsaw change on an 8” canter, a worker was removing the saw from the wheel before the saw cradle was lowered into position.   The… Read More

  • Cab-tilt failures on log loaders

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Date: 2022/11/04

    The cab-tilt feature on log loaders experienced failures on multiple occasions. Learn more here.

  • October 2022 Monthly Safety Alert – Health and Wellness

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert
    Date: 2022/10/26

    The health part of “health and safety” can often be overlooked. However, prioritizing health is critical to help forestry workers keep injury and illness free. Read more.

  • TAG Safety Alert – Broken Lift Strap

    Alert Type: CHAG/TAG Alert
    Company: BCFSC
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2022/10/24

    Broken Lift Strap The incident occurred at the trailer hoist while the truck driver was loading a quad trailer. The driver hooked the lift hook to the lift strap and… Read More

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Planer Incident/Kinetic Energy

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2022/10/19

    Safety Alert The planer machine was running 1×3 on the afternoon shift, at approximately 9 pm the planer jammed up. The Feeder went to the planer control room and shut… Read More

  • Firefighters out of position during planned ignition

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Date: 2022/10/12

    A gap in communication left a fire crew unaware of the plan during a wildfire near Invermere, BC. Learn more in this submitted industry alert.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    Alert Type: BCFSC Announcement
    Company: BCFSC
    Date: 2022/10/03

      It’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental health is much more than mental illness. It’s important to take preventative steps to keep your mind healthy.   If you or someone… Read More

  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    Alert Type: BCFSC Announcement
    Date: 2022/09/30

      September 30, 2022, marks the annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; a day enacted to remember and honour the lives lost, the Survivors and those forever impacted by… Read More

  • September 2022 Monthly Safety Alert – Log Yard Safety

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert
    Date: 2022/09/29

    Log storage and sort yards are common forestry worksites with unique hazards. Read more

  • MAG Safety Alert – Fall from Elevation – Hot Work

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2022/09/29

    Safety Alert A contractor was welding some head rig in-feed jump chains when a fire started underneath the in-feed chains. The assigned fire watcher and welder were unable to extinguish… Read More

  • TAG Safety Alert – Rock Truck Brake Failure

    Alert Type: CHAG/TAG Alert
    Date: 2022/09/27

    Rock Truck Brake Failure An articulated rock truck was hauling down a sustained 10% grade when the engine retarder failed. The driver applied the foot brake and park brake in… Read More

  • Register for the Vancouver Island Safety Conference

    Date: 2022/09/22

     2022 VANCOUVER ISLAND SAFETY CONFERENCE   Date: Saturday, October 29th Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm (Registration opens at 7:30am) Location: Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, BC   After two years… Read More

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Hazardous Materials System Failure

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BCFSC
    Location: BC
    Date: 2022/09/21

    Safety Alert The dust extraction system for the planer was turned off during a power reset which resulted in a back-draft of fine dust into the planer. Upon investigation, it… Read More

  • THE 2022 VANCOUVER ISLAND SAFETY CONFERENCE RETURNS

    Date: 2022/09/16

      Saturday, October 29th at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, BC   After two years hiatus due to the pandemic, this free conference is back with forestry-related safety… Read More

  • TAG Safety Alert – Collision

    Alert Type: CHAG/TAG Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2022/09/15

    Collision A pickup truck drove into the back of a logging truck trailer due to poor visibility and dusty road conditions. TAG Safety Alert – Collission  

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Overhead Electrical Wire Incident

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2022/09/15

    Safety Alert A high stacker operator was moving equipment on a trailer from one location to another. This equipment is moved twice a year – once in the spring, to… Read More

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Angle Grinder Incident

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2022/08/31

    Safety Alert An employee was using an angle grinder with a sanding disc attachment to sharpen a welded saw tooth. While completing this task the sanding disc hooked the tooth… Read More

  • August 2022 Monthly Safety Alert – Truck Rollovers

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert
    Date: 2022/08/29

    Recently, there have been three serious rollover incidents reported by WorkSafeBC. Read more

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Overhead Lifting Devices – Side Pulling

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2022/08/24

    Safety Alert Side-pulling occurs when attempting to lift any load that is not located directly under the hoist’s hook.   Another form of side-pulling occurs when a crane operator attempts… Read More

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Boom Boat Sinking

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BCFSC
    Location: BC
    Date: 2022/08/17

    Safety Alert A boom boat (sidewinder) rapidly sank in 290’ of water while stowing bundles. The operator was able to jump clear and was uninjured. The sidewinder remained submerged after… Read More

  • TAG Safety Alert – Molly Failure

    Alert Type: CHAG/TAG Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: British Columbia
    Date: 2022/08/11

    Molly Failure A log truck driver lifted his trailer up with the trailer hoist. As he was backing up his truck underneath the trailer, the molly failed, causing the trailer… Read More

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Changing a Tire

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2022/08/03

    Safety Alert An employee was seriously injured as a result of being crushed by the wheels of his vehicle during a tire change. The employee decided to change the flat… Read More

  • July 2022 Monthly Safety Alert – Importance of Reporting

    Alert Type: Monthly Safety Alert
    Date: 2022/07/29

    Close calls with the potential for serious injury are some of the most important items to report and do something about. In many cases, it is just luck that an… Read More

  • MAG – Safety Alert – Sawmill – Stacker Strip Unscrambler

    Alert Type: MAG Safety Alert
    Company: BC Forest Safety Council
    Location: BC
    Date: 2022/07/27

    Safety Alert Millwrights were installing a new unscrambler chain on the stacker one-strip conveyance system. The old chain had been removed and the new chain was being lifted in place… Read More

  • Safety Alerts from New Zealand

    Alert Type: Industry Alert
    Date: 2022/07/25

    The terminology may differ, but forestry harvesting operations in New Zealand experience the same challenges and hazards that can be found in BC’s logging industry. Scroll through the attached PDF… Read More