Logger killed in accident

WorkSafeBC, the BC Coroners Service and the RCMP are investigating following a fatal logging incident last week.

According to BC Forest Safety Council, a fatal incident occurred at a logging site north of Hope on April 13.

“A guyline on a yarder broke and the tower fell onto the cab, fatally injuring the yarder operator,” writes the BCFSC.

“Our condolences go out to the family and co-workers of the deceased worker.”

The BCFSC reports that details of the incident are still unknown and it is being actively investigated.

As a follow to the deadly incident, the BCFSC is offering some guidelines and warnings to logging companies across the province to ensure the safety of all workers.

“Watch out for upset conditions which are high risk situations that often lead to incidents. Heavy turns, poor deflection and yarding near standing trees are all examples of upset conditions. Stop, assess the risk and come up with an alternate plan when upset conditions occur,” writes the council.

It also advises that regular equipment inspections and preventative maintenance are key to productive and safe logging.

For more information on workplace safety guidelines click here.


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