Feb. 10, 2017 - Nine-axle logging trucks, including tandem-drive and tridem-drive configurations, are now approved and in use on a key transportation route in the Vanderhoof area in north-central British Columbia. The approval was the culmination of a four-year collaborative effort between FPInnovations, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI), the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO), and the forest industry.
Jan. 5, 2017 - Forestry and off-road equipment operators and maintenance technicians are used to dealing with obvious dangers from spinning saws and falling tree limbs, but may be less familiar with a critical danger that can cause crippling injuries or death – high-pressure injection injuries.
Dec. 12, 2016 - Fuel quality is critical to keep Tier 4 engines running smoothly, and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has released a downloadable infographic to help equipment owners and users keep their machines up and running.

The AEM “Get CLEAN on Fuel” infographic outlines five key actions that help protect Tier 4 engines “because while the new engines reduce diesel emissions and protect our health and the environment, the fact is they are rather finicky about fuel,” said William “Bernie” Bernhard, AEM technical and safety services manager.

Bernhard explained that today’s Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) is very different from the diesel of just a few years ago.

“Among other things, it is subject to change and contamination as it moves from the refinery to the engine, making storage, temperature, age and filtration, and related factors critical in maintaining fuel quality,” said Bernhard.

AEM member company experts came together through the association to develop the guidelines as a way to spread more awareness of the importance of diesel fuel quality.

5 Steps to Maintain Fuel Quality

The new AEM fuel-quality infographic relays 5 quick tips using the CLEAN acronym, accompanied by actionable guidelines:

C - Commit to understanding your T4 engine

L - Learn the facts about today’s fuel

E - Evaluate your fuel source and fuel handling

A - Always follow manufacturer guidelines

N - Never take your role for granted

AEM Clean Fuel Tips Tier 4 Engines

Download the complete infographic at aem.org/clean.
Oct. 18, 2016 - Resources created by a working group which consisted of fallers, engineers, road builders and contract managers can help fallers and others who work below avoid the hazards from excessive roadside debris on steep ground.
Sept. 16, 2016 - Fleming’s Trucking and Logging from the Sault Ste. Marie region in Ontario has once again recieved the top award from Workplace Safety North (WSN), Ontario’s occupational health and safety association for forestry, mining, and paper, printing, and converting sectors.

“The Workplace Excellence Awards shine the spotlight on the health and safety achievements of our members in mining, forestry, and paper, printing and converting businesses, as well as small businesses in northern Ontario with fewer than 50 employees,” says Candys Ballanger-Michaud, WSN President and Chief Executive Officer. “All submitted assessments are automatically considered for the President’s Award, and scoring is based on the self-assessment in combination with statistical performance over the past two calendar years.”

“We’re proud to welcome returning winners: Fleming’s Trucking and Logging from the Sault Ste. Marie region, and ACCO Brands Canada in Mississauga – excellent achievements in health and safety!”

Top scoring firms in Ontario forestry, mining, paper, printing, and converting, and small business will be officially presented with the President’s Award at the WSN annual general meeting on Sept. 28 in North Bay.

“It’s important to recognize the efforts of workplaces that make health and safety a priority,” says Ballanger-Michaud. “They lead the way and set the tone for their sectors. That’s why these businesses deserve special recognition, for demonstrating their strong commitment to ensuring that every worker goes home safe and healthy each day. The award winners are positive role models for Ontario businesses to make workplace health and safety an integral part of every job and every work day.

“Congratulations to all winners for your commitment to workplace health and safety. I’m honoured to recognize your dedication to workers’ well-being, and to creating and maintaining healthy and safe workplaces – well done!”

President’s Award Winners

  • Forestry – Fleming’s Trucking and Logging Inc., Hilton Beach
  • Mining – Cementation Canada Inc., North Bay
  • Paper, Printing and Converting – ACCO Brands Canada Inc., Mississauga
  • Small firms (less than 50 full-time employees) – Fleming’s Trucking and Logging Inc., Hilton Beach
Earlier this year, 22 companies received a Workplace Excellence Award, recognizing workplace excellence in health and safety.

Workplace Excellence Award Winners

  • ACCO Brands Canada Inc., Mississauga
  • Alamos Gold Young-Davidson Mine, Matachewan
  • Alex MacIntyre & Associates Limited, Kirkland Lake
  • Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd., New Westminster
  • Cementation Canada Inc., North Bay
  • DeBeers Canada Inc., Timmins
  • Domtar Inc., Dryden
  • Fleming's Trucking and Logging Inc., Hilton Beach
  • Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines, South Porcupine
  • J.S. Redpath Limited, North Bay
  • Kidd Operations - a Glencore Company, Timmins
  • Kirkland Lake Gold Inc., Kirkland Lake + winner of International Mines Rescue Competition 2016
  • Label Supply, Whitby
  • Lac Des Iles Mine Ltd., Thunder Bay
  • Lake Shore Gold Corp., Timmins
  • Nordic Minesteel Technologies Inc., North Bay
  • SCR Mining and Tunnelling L.P., Val Caron
  • Shuniah Forest Products Limited, Thunder Bay
  • Technica Mining, Lively
  • Wallbridge Mining Company Limited, LIvely
  • Wellington Wood Products (1972) Ltd., Mount Forest
  • Weyerhaeuser, Kenora

Learn more at www.workplacesafetynorth.ca/

Aug. 16, 2016 - Whether you are a director or officer of a private company or serve as a director of a community-owned organization, you must take all reasonable care and exercise due diligence to ensure that the company you represent protects the health and safety of its workers and complies with British Columbia’s Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Regulations.

May 16, 2016 - A Maine logger has won the Caterpillar Loader Championship contest at the Northeastern Forest Products Equipment Expo.

The contest, held in connection with the Northeastern Expo from May 6 to 7 in Essex Junction, Vt. raised $2,227 for Log-A-Load for Kids, an organization sponsored by loggers and others in the forest products industry to benefit hospitals associated with the Children’s Miracle Network. The funds include voluntary contestant donations, a matching contribution from Caterpillar, and merchandise sales.

Shaun McLucas of Rangeley, Maine, won the contest with a winning time of 2 minutes and 9 seconds. Marc Riendeau of Danville, Vt. won second place with a time of 2 minutes and 14 seconds, and Ben Hardwick of Francestown, N.H., won third place with a time of 2 minutes and 17 seconds.

Rounding out the top five were Derrick Berry of West Burke, Vt., fourth place, and Gerard Riendeau of Lyndonville, Vt., fifth place.

The top three winners receive a trophy, jacket and cash prizes, and winners for fourth place and fifth place receive a jacket.

The Caterpillar Loader Championship drew 109 participants over the two-day exposition. Contestants demonstrate their skill with a Cat knuckleboom log loader by picking up and moving blocks between two checkerboards. Loggers with the fastest times are the winners.

The contest was first introduced as the Prentice Loader Championship at the sawmill and logging show in Richmond in 1972. 

Caterpillar Forest Products is a leading manufacturer and worldwide marketer of timber harvesting, millyard, road-building and land management equipment. Products are marketed under the Cat, Prentice and CTR brand names through a global independent dealer network. 
Caterpillar Forest Products is a division of Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services. More information is available at www.caterpillar.com.

May 13, 2016 – Western Star Truck Sales, Inc. announced its new Extreme Duty (XD) Offroad package and the launch of the MBT-40 Transformer chassis.

Western Star builds some of the toughest and most durable vocational trucks in the world today and is one of the fastest growing brands in North America. However, they also offer an off-road product that competes with the articulated and ridged frame markets.

The Western Star XD Offroad package is engineered specifically for extremely rugged environments and is available on both the 4900 and 6900 models. Vehicles spec’d with the XD Offroad package deliver maximum driver safety and comfort while providing customers with a low cost per ton product for off-road applications. Western Star plans to open the XD Offroad package up to other models in the future.

The 6900XD Offroad MBT-40, dubbed the Multi-Body Transformer for its ability to quickly change from one fully functional in cab controlled body application to another, is the first XD Offroad series offering from Western Star and a new concept for offroad equipment markets.

Using a PALFINGER G68 hooklift which has a lifting capacity of 68,000 lbs and a new transformer package, the MBT-40 gives customers greater utilization of their chassis. It is designed to replace the need for having multiple pieces of dedicated off-road equipment on a job site that sit for long periods of time when they are not needed. With this new product, extremely complex and heavy capacity bodies can be changed over and back to work quickly and easily.

The unit is equipped with a generic in-cab control system and a self-adapting hydraulic system that also allows the operators to quickly and easily swap the controls of multiple body applications as well. The MBT-40 features multiple hydraulic air and electrical connections that allow it to connect and power a variety of body needs from powerful flow controlled hydraulic motors and pumps to heavy high flow tip cylinders.

“The development of this platform was all about finding better economic ways of filling needs for our customers," said John Tomlinson, XD and vocational sales manager, Western Star. "Offroad chassis equipment can be expensive to buy and maintain and new emissions levels are making the investment even more costly.
"By maximizing the operation time, customers can have the equipment they need always for when it is required. Mining, quarry and off-road construction industries are looking for better solutions right now and we have the answers for them with this new product.”

“Working with Western Star on this open platform concept product has been great. CARCO Industries is very experienced in mining and offroad fuel and service products along with carrying the PALFINGER crane lines,” said Charlie Schimmels, sales manager, CARCO Industries. “This combination of experience and product along with the rugged design and carrying capacity of the XD40 Offroad chassis offered by Western Star makes the MBT-40 package a very unique product. With commodity prices down and budget cuts becoming common place we need to think smarter about how we do business and the MBT-40 does that.”

The 6900XD is available in both 6x4 and 6x6 configurations.

For more information, go to www.WesternStarTrucks.com

Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc., headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., produces tough custom trucks for highway and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 5-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.
April 25, 2016 - I am taking this action is a positive affirmation of the strength and unbiased reputation the Challenge has built over the past decade. In large part this move is also a compliment to the quality and reputation of the journalist judges that work so hard each year; making the Truck King Challenge a home-grown success story.

Moving forward I will continue to organize, facilitate and run the annual Challenge – but I entrust the judging – and therefore the results solely to the volunteer judges. Of course every result from every year was always an average across the scores of multiple judges; as fair as possible – but, sometimes, there were whispers of bias. My decision to remove myself from the direct judging process should silence those dissenters.

Despite my stepping out of the judging role - The Canadian Truck King Challenge will move forward in its mission of giving Canadian truck buyers the best and most real world truck testing results in North America. To reinforce this, we have added two new judges this year:

Alan Sidorov of Whistler, B.C. is the chief instructor for the BC Forest Safety Council. He trains drivers for company fleets in the proper use of light trucks and also does extensive tire testing on those same trucks. 

Sue Mead of Williamstown, Mass. has asked to be part of the Challenge because our testing formula so intrigued her. Mead writes extensively about trucks – and races them. She has competed in Camel Trophy adventures, the Arctic Circle Challenge, the Tip to Tip Challenge and the TransAmerica Challenge. She has competed in the Baja 1000 and the Dakar Rally in South America and Africa.
April 15, 2016 – Volvo Trucks presented its lineup of 2017 powertrain upgrades to help kick off the 2016 Truck World Show at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.

March 11, 2016 - The B.C. forest industry relies on approximately 2,800 log truck drivers to haul timber from forests to wood processing and manufacturing facilities, log dumps, harbour terminals in B.C., and to other parts of Canada and North America.

February 24, 2016 - For the past nine years veteran automotive journalists have donated their time to act as judges in the only annual North American truck competition that tests pickup and van models head to head – while hauling payload and also towing.

February 22, 2016 - Road construction initiated landslides have been  a persistent issue on the coast and to a lesser degree within other areas of the province. 

According to recently collected data, there have been 26 such incidents on the coast over the last three years.

Nine of these incidents involved excavators sliding down the slope from the road prism during road construction activities. The incidents have been  very serious in nature with considerable human, environmental and operational costs. Fortunately we have seen no fatalities to date but both physical injuries and physiological impacts have been common. Some groups have developed partial solutions to the issue but there has not been a united front across the industry to address the problem. On Oct.7, 2014, an informal group of industry, government and consulting practitioners met to explore the issue. The meeting was sponsored by BCTS. One of the actions stemming from the meeting was the formation of a working group that is supported by the Coastal Harvesting Advisory Group (CHAG). 

A formal proposal based on this action was provided to CHAG and support was confirmed in December 2014.                                                            
Group purpose
To develop initiatives that support the elimination of slide type incidents during road construction activities on the coast.

The working group will focus on coastal road construction but will pass on information to all interested Interior parties. The group has developed a short to medium term strategy to address quick wins that will have an immediate impact, as well as a longer term strategy to sustain improvement and inform other initiatives. 

The working group is focusing on:
•Data Collection and Analysis
•Raising Awareness within the Industry
•Training Methods and Resources for Road Crews and Professionals 
•New Ways to Identify Sensitive Zones and Build Road, and
•Options for monitoring and enforcement of road construction standards.

The outcomes will be shared and used across the industry to create a more uniformed application of improved road construction methods and processes. 

Group members:
BC Timber Sales: Mike McCulley, RFT; Western Forest Products: Jack Reynolds, RPF; Interfor: Robert Shelley, RPF; Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations: Tom Jackson, RFT; and  Gino Fournier, RPF, PEng;  FPInnovations: Clayton Gillies, RPF, RPBio; BC Forest Safety Council: Dustin Meierhofer, RPF ; Aztec Geoscience: Del Ferguson, PGeo and Ponting Logging: Mark Ponting. 

Dustin Meierhofer is the director of transportation and northern safety at the BC Forest Safety Council.

January 20, 2016 – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has appointed Kary Schaefer its general manager of marketing and strategy.

Schaefer will lead the Freightliner Trucks and Detroit marketing organizations in the launch of upcoming products, steering product strategy requirements and implementing customer and dealer satisfaction initiatives. Schaefer, whose most recent position at DTNA was general manager of the Enhanced Platform program for vocational products, also will continue to manage that initiative.

“Kary’s proven experience is perfectly aligned with our organizational vision of maintain our leadership position through innovation and product achievement,” said Richard Howard, senior vice-president, sales and marketing for DTNA. “Kary’s keen understanding of our industry, business and products will be instrumental to delivering our message our dealers and customers.”

Schaefer joined DTNA in 1995 as a design engineer. She has held several positions in engineering, and in 2008, she was named chief engineer, where she led the Cab Engineering Department. In this role, she was instrumental in developing innovations that improved fuel efficiency. She also oversaw the cab systems development for the Freightliner Argosy Evolution, Freightliner 108SD and 114SD, and the Western Star 4700, as well as the new Western Star interior, which impacted the entire Western Star product line.

Prior to joining DTNA, Schaefer held leadership positions with Boeing, Pacific Testing Laboratories, Abossein Engineering and Cloud Cap Technologies, a division of United Technologies Corp. She will be based in Portland, Oregon.

About Daimler Trucks North America
Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

Source: Daimler Trucks North America

January 15, 2016 – Kenworth Montreal recently expanded its customer support by opening a new parts and service facility in Lanoraie, Que., located about 70 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

The 14,600-square-foot facility is in an industrial and manufacturing area and is just southwest of Exit 130 on TransCanada Highway 40 for convenient access, said Mike Parent, general manager of Kenworth Montreal.

“As the local economy in Lanoraie has diversified and grown, additional businesses requiring more parts and service support for their commercial trucks have opened in the area,” said Parent. “That growth has also brought heavier traffic congestion along the TransCanada Highway corridor, which makes our new facility a key to helping customers get more timely service and minimize downtime. Our goal is to give customers greater access to our expertise and more flexibility in our opening hours to better meet their needs.”

Kenworth Lanoraie has a 5,700-square-foot parts warehouse capable of storing a large inventory for delivery throughout the Lanoraie area. The location offers six service bays, equipped with a fluid recovery and recycling system.

Kenworth Lanoraie is located at 120 rue du Parc Industriel. The phone number is 450-887-1120. Christian Boucher manages the service department and Natalie Provost is the parts manager. Parts and service are available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The service department offers full warranty support for PACCAR MX engine.

Kenworth Montreal, which is located in Saint-Laurent, Que., also operates Kenworth Saint-Jerome.
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