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Inspections and prevention activities

As part of our strategy to reduce the serious injury rate by applying resources and effort where they will be most effective, WorkSafeBC officers are inspecting workplaces and conducting consultation and education activities.

Inspection activities

Activities (2021-2023) Details

Manual falling

  • Falling cuts
  • Danger tree/windfall assessment and plans
  • Unnecessary brushing practices
  • New faller training programs, new faller safety, and adherence to training requirements
  • Roadside debris endangering workers
  • Phase integration
  • ERP planning

Mechanized harvesting on steep slopes with a specific focus on tethered and traction assist machinery and operations

  • Maintenance workplan and lockout
  • Three-point-contact procedures
  • Steep slope assessment plans
  • Safe operation of traction assist and tethered equipment
  • Phase integration
  • ERP planning

Cable yarding

  • Clearing the turn
  • Yarding angles
  • Landing the log
  • Training of workers/supervisors
  • Phase integration

Log transporting

  • Driving and road assessment
  • Loading, offloading, and securing of load
  • Best practices for maintenance work (lockout, access, and egress)
  • Cab guards (bull boards) and seat belt use
  • Three-point-contact procedures
  • MSI injury reduction (arms, shoulders and wrists)
  • Phase integration

Emergency response planning (ERP)

  • First aid assessment and all other potential emergency scenarios
  • Lack of ERP practice and testing
  • Daily plan for helicopter-only access
  • ERP review: ERPs properly communicated to workers and service providers, and routinely practised through realistic emergency drills

Inspections — Silviculture

  • ERP elements (as above)
  • Planning and conducting of operations
  • Driver training and policies
  • Musculoskeletal injury (MSI) risk assessment
  • MSI program management
  • MSI education of workers
  • Proper planning and integration of silviculture activities with special focus on road access and emergency evacuation
  • Phase integration

See additional information on our approach for silviculture inspections for 2021.

Hearing loss

  • Assess noise levels by location and job role, and evaluate existing mitigation strategies
  • Complete hearing conservation program assessments for existing, new, and young workers to identify exposure areas and risk-control opportunities
  • Complete annual hearing testing as needed

Consultation and education activities

Activities Details

Falling Technical Advisory Committee

  • Act as a point of contact on Forestry HRS manual falling elements with the Falling Technical Advisory Committee

Resources for industry

  • Develop and distribute prevention resources and messaging designed to create awareness of the Forestry HRS, and awareness and tools for addressing risk and mechanisms of injury in the Forestry HRS focus areas, assisting with compliance with the OHS Regulation