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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.

Inspections

Activities 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 congestion

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 congestion

Cable yarding

  • Clearing the turn
  • Yarding angles
  • Landing the log
  • Phase congestion

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

Emergency response planning (ERP)

  • First aid assessment
  • 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

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

Consultation and education activities

Activities Details

Faller Technical Advisory Committee

  • Act as a point of contact on Forestry HRS manual falling elements with the Faller 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

FIAG activity with Forestry HRS content

  • Facilitate two Forest Industry Advisory Group (FIAG) meetings in support of Forestry HRS content