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Tree faller killed on the job

The B.C. Forest Safety Council says a tree faller was killed on the job in Kitimat earlier this month.

The faller was fatally injured on April 18 when he was struck by a tree that was felled by another logging operation, marking the second harvesting fatality of 2019.

The incident remains under investigation and details are still to be determined, said the safety council in a brief notice. 

Regulation requires all workers be clear of the area within two tree lengths of any tree that is to be felled, with an exception for falling supervisors at the base of the tree. Workers must contact fallers by radio to seek approval before entering into the area.

Manual tree fallers have the highest overall injury rate and the highest serious injury rate (amputations, fractures, fatalities) of all jobs in B.C.

No other details were released about the incident.



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