Injury Prevention Resources for Forestry - Silviculture/Tree Planting
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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.
Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries in Silviculture
Musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs), such as sprains and strains, account for the
greatest proportion of workplace incidents in silviculture. All parties have a role to play in preventing MSIs in silviculture. The Preventing MSIs in Silviculture series includes information sheets for licensees, contractor/supervisors and workers. WorkSafeBC developed these information sheets in partnership with the following organizations: Western Silviculture Contractor's Association, BC Forest Safety Council, FPInnovations, Brinkman & Associates Reforestation, Western Forest Products and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
The Desperate Planter's Last Chance: Wrist maintenance
"This pamphlet is designed to give you the quick and dirty on how to prepare your wrist for planting, look after it once you are at work, and what to do if tendonitis strikes."
Delia Roberts PhD, FACSM and Ashlie DeJong BSc, HKin, RK.
Fertilizer and Pesticide Exposure Reduction for Tree Planters
This pamphlet provides information to help both employers and employees ensure adequate chemical protection protocols and hygiene practices are in place at the worksite.
Fit to Plant Training Program
"Tree planters need to be fit for a strenuous work day that can easily result in injury. A training program will ensure you can plant hard all season long. Planters who followed the Fit To Plant Training Program planted 12% more trees and suffered 40% fewer injuries and illnesses than untrained planters."
Delia Roberts, Selkirk College
Silviculture workers fact sheet
This factsheet outlines specific employment standards regulations applying to silviculture workers in British Columbia.
B.C. Employment Standards Branch
* PDF (146 KB)
Tree planters web portal
A tree planters web portal from FPInnovations. You will need to log in as a guest or member to view the website.
Preventing Tree Planting Injuries
This booklet provides information on ways to prevent tree planting injuries by using good planting techniques, maintaining good physical fitness, and choosing an appropriate shovel.
* PDF (469 KB)
* Also available in French
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store
Updated: June 2006
OSH Answers: Tree planter
Information presented in question-and-answer format.
CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)
Standard Practices for Pesticide Applicators
This manual provides basic information upon which to build and implement a pesticide safety program. Topics covered include information on pesticides, classification of pesticides, and toxic effects. Other topics include choice of hazard controls; selection of personal protective equipment; transport and storage of pesticides; safe mixing, loading, and application practices; and emergency and maintenance procedures.
* PDF (2.4 MB)
* Print copies are available for purchase from the WorkSafeBC Store.
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