RICHMOND, B.C. — WorkSafeBC has released a new three-year plan to help employers reduce serious injuries in the forestry sector through more focused inspections. The 2018-2020 Forestry High-Risk Strategy is a renewed commitment for prevention activities in harvesting and related operations. “The intent of the forestry high-risk strategy is to
VANCOUVER — A major fire at Terminal Forest Products’ Mainland Sawmill in south Vancouver was quickly contained by Vancouver fire crews and a fireboat operating on the Fraser River. According to CBC News, initial reports are that a burning acetylene tank sparked the fire in the basement. It quickly moved up through
On Dec. 29, 2017, the driver of a loaded log truck died after a collision with an empty, stationary log truck that had lost traction on a hill, according to the B.C. Forest Safety Council. The incident occurred near Fort St. James, B.C. A fatality report from the council explains:
An overnight fire Dec. 30 at Kenora Forest Products in northwestern Ontario destroyed two of the mill’s drying kilns. Kenora City Fire chief, Todd Skene, told local media the kilns were fully involved, so the fire was allowed to burn itself out while other structures were protected. There are no reports
A California logging company has paid US$1.95 million to settle allegations by the United States Department of Justice relating to a wildfire in 2012 that burned 318 acres of national forest land. CLT Logging, Inc., a timber company that conducts operations throughout Northern California, paid the settlement of $1.95 million.
Traction-assist equipment has been gaining traction in B.C.’s forestry industry in recent years. In recognition of the health and safety considerations that arise from new technology, WorkSafeBC has created an equipment inspection checklist to help employers ensure safety requirements are being met. The checklist is available on worksafebc.com, and is
Like a wisp of smoke, a waft of alcohol, or a tiny pill, it’s difficult to measure the exact size of the problem of substance abuse in the workplace, but a group of sawmill industry workers and managers has placed the issue firmly at the top of their safety agenda.