Worksite Bulletins

Safety Alert Type: 
Worksites
Location: 
BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-02-01
Company Name: 
WorkSafeBC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

WorkSafeBC has changed the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. They have introduced:

  • new hazard assessment and air evacuation requirements for isolated workers;
  • specific first aid personnel and equipment requirements;
  • requirements for plans to minimize exposure when workers face chemical or biological hazards, and
  • rules around safe use of work platforms.

Many of these changes come about directly as a result of incidents and investigations related to the forest industry, and will affect forest operations’ safety activities.

Find out more here.

File attachments
2008-02-01 Bulletin Issued.pdf

Worker Bulletins

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Okanagan / general
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-01
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Raised as a potential hazard during a regular safety meeting. Once it was raised, a number of individuals mentioned previous experiences with the high pressure flow of water through culverts that have just been opened.

During high run off and the combination of  plugged culverts the force that water flows through culverts once the opening has been cleared can be immense. Individuals cleaning out the mouth of the culverts must be extra cautious and ensure that they are in a secure spot before removing debris.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Ensure that you have a secure and safe spot for your feet when cleaning out debris. It might be stating the obvious, but do not stand in the water at the mouth of the culvert while removing the blockage and/or debris.

File attachments
2008-01-01 Culvets High Risk To Personal Safety.pdf

Worker Bulletins

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Kootenays
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-01
Company Name: 
WorkSafeBC
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A skidder operator was killed when his skidder rolled over and crushed him. When the skidder started to roll down the steep slope, the operator was ejected from the cab into the path of the rolling skidder. The seat belts in the skidder were not used because part of the belt was missing.

The cab, with its rollover structure in place, survived the rollover with minimal damage. Indications are that the operator would have had a good chance of surviving the rollover if he had been safely buckled up within the protective structure of his cab.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Seat belts must be maintained in good working order.
  • Equipment operators must buckle up whenever the equipment they are operating is in motion, or if movement of the equipment would cause it to become unstable.

 

File attachments
2008-01-01 Skidder Rolls Over Killing Operator.pdf

Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Bonanza Lake (Beaver Cove Camp Facility)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-06-10
Company Name: 
Ted Leroy Trucking Ltd
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

At approximately 8:30pm on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 a worker who suffers from allergic reactions initiated by certain foods, specifically nuts, contacted the First Aid Attendant for medical aid. He was experiencing a severe reaction from a cookie he had eaten earlier in the evening containing nuts.

The worker, who had experienced this type of reaction in the past as told to the First Aid Attendant, did not have any medication with him in camp for immediate consumption in the event of a reaction.

The outcome of this incident was catastrophic.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

All workers should effectively communicate to there Supervisor and or First Aid Attendant any impairment they may have or acquire. This information is to be kept in strict confidence between the First Aid Attendant and their Supervisor.

All workers must ensure they take all reasonable care to protect themselves in the event of an allergic reaction, making certain they carry the appropriate medication applicable to their conditions.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jim Vaux or Leanne Plester
Safety & Compliance Department
Ted Leroy Trucking Ltd

File attachments
2008-06-10 Allergic reactions.pdf

Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Avalon Dryland Sort
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-06-14
Company Name: 
C.N. Danroth Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 
  • Pieces of bundle wire shot into the thigh of a Strapper when he was re-cutting wire.
  • Strapper had thrown 3/8 inch bundling wire over a bundle of logs.
  • The hydraulic crimper had not been cutting properly or making clean cuts.
  • The Strapper wanted to cut the frayed ends off and attempted to cut about 2 inches off the fanned out end of the wire.
  • The frayed ends exploded into the workers thigh.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • When cutting short pieces of wire or frayed ends make sure it is at least 5 inches up the strand of wire from the original cut end.
  • Ensure the wire is held secure.
  • Ensure crimper bits are in good working order.
  • Ensure the crimper is held in the proper position.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 
File attachments
2008-06-14 Other Alerts.pdf

Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
North Selous, Nelson BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-05-09
Company Name: 
Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd. – Woodlands
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While locating a lot boundary in the North Selous area an employee was approached by an adult cougar. Luckily he was alerted to the approach of the cougar by the timorous chattering of a nearby squirrel. The employee scanned the hillside for the cause of all the excitement when he noticed a large cougar glaring at him from the shade of a nearby tree approximately 20-30 meters away. The direction of the cat was along the same route from where the employee had just come from, so he presumed that the cat was intentionally following him.
Once the cougar was aware that the employee was watching, it sat down and acted nonchalant.

At this point the employee pulled out his bear spray, and grabbed a large stick. He tried yelling and brandishing the stick in what he hoped would be a threatening manner, but this had no apparent effect upon the cat. Thus began a bit of a stand-off. When the employee did try to back away, the cougar would go into a threatening crouch position, which caused the employee to stand his ground, yell a bit, and try to look big. This would cause the cougar to return to a sitting position.

Eventually the employee was able to leave the scene, all the while with his eyes on the feline. The employee must have put on a good show, as the cougar did not respond with a crouch, or try to follow behind him. The employee made his way to his vehicle, about a kilometer away, stopping occasionally to make sure he was not being followed.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The employee reacted according to approved safe work procedures for cougar encounters, lessening the chances of an adverse situation to occur.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd. – Woodlands
Phone: (250) 399-4211

File attachments
2008-05-09 Stand off with Cougar.pdf

Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Avalon Dryland Sort
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-07-11
Company Name: 
C.N. Danroth Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 
  • It had been a very hot day.
  • A young Scaler had been feeling dizzy with an upset stomach.
  • He had informed two of the other Scalers that he was feeling sick.
  • He told them that he would try and tape one more row.
  • Half way through the row of logs a near by bucker who was the sort FAA noticed he did not look good.
  • The FAA immediately realized that the worker was suffering from heat illness and got him off the sort and attempted to cool him down.
  • The FAA and Sort Supervisor took the Scaler to a Medical Clinic that was 15 minutes away; the worker was delirious.
  • The patient was then transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital where he was treated for heat stroke and released later that day.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Ensure all workers know how to recognize symptoms of heat illness in themselves and others and know what to do if it occurs.
  • Ensure all workers know how to protect themselves from heat illness.
  • Tailgate workers about the topic when the weather begins to get hot.
  • Create bulletins to have available to workers to caution them about heat illness.
  • Supervisors to ensure workers have adequate breaks, time out of the sun if needed and plenty of water.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 
File attachments
2008-07-11 safety alert.pdf

Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Barlow Lake FSR - Vanderhoof
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-05-10
Company Name: 
Ponderosa Forestry
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Timber Cruising crew was working in standing timber when a 2yr old Grizzly cub ran by on an adjacent trail. Two minutes later the sow walked by in the same direction. Both bears walked within 15m of the crew, noticed them but did not react.

There was an older moose that was heavily infested with ticks noticed earlier that day in the same area. It is thought that the bears may have been following the scent of the moose.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

When a close bear encounter occurs, remove yourself from the area immediately. Ensure personal bear protection is readied and walk away from the area perpendicular to any trails.

A bear cub encounter almost always means that a sow is close by. Do not hesitate in removing yourself from the area.

When 2 or more people are working in one location, all workers should group together immediately and walk out as a unit.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dean Toll - Ponderosa Forestry 250-567-2469

File attachments
2008-05-10 Close Encounters With Wildlife.pdf

Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Strousse Lake Road, Riske Creek Area, West of Williams Lake
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-17
Company Name: 
Kennedy Forest & Safety Consultant
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

In the early morning hours of January 17, 2008, two equipment operators were fueling up a decking machine on a roadside ground based harvesting show. The pickup carrying the fuel pulled in close to the decking machine to transfer fuel. When the fuel transfer was completed, the decking machine was started up to begin working. While the pickup driver was standing beside his truck, the decking machine operator began to move the boom. A large chunk of frozen ice was on the top of the boom and when the equipment operator swung the boom, a large ice chunk fell off the boom and narrowly missed the worker standing beside the pick up truck.

It was dark when the incident occurred and it had snowed on and off the week prior to this and warmer weather had caused the ice to form on the boom the day before.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

When harvesting operations occur during winter months, equipment operators should be aware and observe logging equipment for snow and ice build up on the higher points of the equipment. Care should be taken when working near equipment and make sure fuel trucks or service trucks are a safe distance from equipment before the equipment is moved.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kennedy Forest & Safety Consultant @ 250-305-6633
Sapp Logging Ltd. @ 250-297-6223

File attachments
2008-01-17 Falling Ice Causes Near Miss.pdf

Other Alerts

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Holberg Forest Operation
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-02-18
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A Madill 075 Super Snorkel was being lowbedded to the shop, the machine and snorkel pointed to the rear. The snorkel was rigged with one forty foot (40’) section. An alternate driver was used as the regular driver was unavailable. While traveling to the shop the lowbed encountered a private vehicle in need of assistance, delaying the move into darkness. The driver and Supervisor discussed the move to the shop area during the delay and decided to proceed to the rear of the shop because of darkness/visibility issues, width of the machine (outriggers down) and power lines that paralleled the road in front of the shop.

The lowbed crossed the bridge approaching the shop and then turned left to proceed to the rear. During the turn, the snorkel swung in a wide arc from centerline and the end came into contact with a 25 KV power line. There were no injuries.

Upset Conditions:

  • There was no visibility due to darkness while the lowbed entered the shop yard with the Super Snorkel.
  • The lowbed driver and Supervisor were unaware of the correct shop yard entry procedures.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. Formalize lowbedding procedures for entry into shop yards and around power lines
  2. Ensure all required signage is accurate and clearly displayed around power lines.
  3. Ensure relevant workers are aware of and trained in Electrical Safe Work Procedures.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Vince Devlin 250-956-5318 or vdevlin@westernforest.com

File attachments
2008-02-18 Snorkel Makes Contact With Power line.pdf
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