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Injury Prevention Resources for Forestry - General

General | Falling & Bucking | Yarding & Skidding | Log Hauling | Silviculture/Tree Planting


General | Marine operations | Personal protective equipment

The following links list tools, publications, and other resources to help prevent the most common injuries and illnesses in the forestry industry. These resources may not meet all the requirements for health and safety in British Columbia. Please check the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and related materials for specific WorkSafeBC requirements.


Forestry Compliance - Field Officer Guides
These info flips are for WorkSafeBC officers to use as guides in their inspectional work. Interested stakeholders may also use the information in the guides to assist them in carrying out their occupational health and safety roles and responsibilities.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* Book One (PDF 401 kb)
* Book Two (PDF 353 kb)
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store.

Final Report of the Forest Safety Task Force
A report and action plan to eliminate deaths and serious injuries in British Columbia's forests. Dated: 2004
Source: Forest Safety Task Force
* PDF 1 MB

Logging safety awareness (video)

video thumbnail Logging safety awareness
Safety is the most important aspect of every job in the forest industry. This video features the day-to-day elements of on-the-job safety. The three areas covered are: safe work procedures, communications, and emergencies. (11 min 01 s)
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

WCB Standards - G600 series
The G600 Series of Standards are available for reference.

Application of G600 Series of Standards
WCB Standard: G601 Log Loader and Log Yarder Backstops
WCB Standard: G602 Log Loader and Log Yarder Raised Cabs
WCB Standard: G603 Log Loader and Log Yarder Window Guards
WCB Standard: G604 Light-Duty Screen Guards For Off-Highway Equipment
WCB Standard: G605 Boom Boat Equipment Half-Doors
WCB Standard: G606 Boom Boat Operator Protective Structures
WCB Standard: G607 Medium Duty Screen Guard (Front End Log Loader)
WCB Standard: G608 Mobile Equipment Roof Structures - Heavy Duty
WCB Standard: G609 Mobile Equipment Roof Structures - Light Duty
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Bear Safety Resource Package
This guide was designed to help you and your employees avoid conflicts with bears while in the field and know the proper response to a bear encounter.
Source: B.C. Forest Safety Council

Training of Workers with Respect to Bears
This document provides: general information about bears, how to avoid bears, bear sightings, bear attacks, how to control bears, camps, wildlife procedures checklist, reference sources, training and safe work procedures.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (848 KB)

Other valuable information can be found here:

Setting the standard: Helicopter logging (video)

video thumbnail Setting the standard: Helicopter logging
This video focuses on hillside and log landing hazards, correct procedures, and safety standards. (17 min 14 s)
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

Helicopter Operations in the Forest Industry
A comprehensive guide to proper planning of helicopter logging and related operations. This booklet can help employers, supervisors, and workers develop safe work procedures. It includes general helicopter logging safety, cedar block flying, and selective logging by helicopter. Descriptive graphics include hand signals and ground-to-air recognition patterns.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
Updated: March 2005
* PDF (2 MB)

Health and Safety for Articulated Rock Truck Owners and Drivers
The primary goal of this guide is to give inexperienced A.R.T. owners and their drivers enough information to operate these machines and their systems properly and safely, to reduce and prevent driver injuries and fatalities.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (744 KB)

Helicopter Passenger Safety Guide
"This document provides basic information for helicopter passengers and is intended for forest workers in BC. It should not be considered a replacement for any training programs or a pre-flight briefing."
Source: B.C. Forest Safety Council
* PDF (423 KB)

Safety alerts
A searchable database.
Source: B.C. Forest Safety Council

Resource Road User Safety Guide
"This guide lets readers know what to expect on resource roads and some things travelers should do to ensure a safe trip."
Source: B.C. Forest Safety Council

Resource Packages
Source: B.C. Forest Safety Council

Safety Guide for Operations Over Ice
"This occupational health and safety guide published by the Treasury Board of Canada is intended to provide information to assist departments and agencies in establishing programs for the prevention of work-related accidents, injuries and illnesses. It is of wide interest and applicability to those who work on surface ice, including frozen lakes, rivers and ice bridges."
Source: Treasury Board of Canada (Raven Rescue website link)

Partial Cutting Safety Handbook
A Ministry of Forest publication, this handbook covers the implementation of partial-cut logging methods through all phases of planning and operations. The handbook outlines safe operating procedures and checklists for conducting actual harvest operations.
Source: Ministry of Forests

Safe Work Practices for Large Vehicle Tire Servicing
This manual describes acceptable servicing practices. However, it does not replace service and safety manuals which are supplied by all manufacturers and distributors of large vehicle tires and wheels.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
Updated: March 2006
* PDF (290 KB)

Preventing Heat Stress at Work
This booklet provides a basic overview of job-related heat stress, how to recognize and treat heat stress, and how to prevent heat stress. Workers exposed to hot environments must be trained to prevent heat stress and recognize the early symptoms in themselves and co-workers. The newly revised publication Heat Stress contains essential information on how to recognize, treat, and prevent heat stress.
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC
* PDF (2 MB) (Updated: February 2007)

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