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Safety warning for forestry

Nov. 29, 2013 – Concerned with the number of harvesting fatalities to date this year, The BC Forest Safety Council has issued an alert with some reminders to the industry.

Accoding to 250 News, a driver of a loaded logging truck died on November 7th when the vehicle went off the side of a single lane bridge coming to rest on the driver's side of the cab. The drive was found under the cab and is the eleventh direct harvesting fatality this year.

The BC Forest Council has released the reminder to the industry to take a close look at their operations in an effort to prevent similar tragedies.

Specific reminders passed along include:
• When operating vehicles or equipment it is critically important to wear seatbelts. Staying in the cab with your seatbelt on will offer the best protection if you roll-over or lose control.
• New and young workers (under age 25) are at high risk for injuries at work. Thorough orientations, effective 2-way communication and close supervision are required to keep these workers safe.
• Winter is here and there are new hazards to watch out for:
◦ Poor visibility and increased darkness
◦ Cold temperatures
◦ Slippery conditions
• Ensure there are good communications if it is necessary for a person on foot to enter an equipment operating area. The best practice is to keep equipment operations and people on the ground separated.

November 29, 2013  By  Amie Silverwood

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