The following extension notes on safety are a product of the Woodlot and Community Forest Safety Committee. The purpose of the committee is to promote prioritized safety information for small tenure managers and operators.
The committee is a collaboration between the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations (FBCWA), BC Community Forest Association (BCCFA) and facilitated by the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC). The BCCFA’s reps are Dave Lasser, Dave Gill and Bill Golding.
Do you know what your safety responsibilities are? According to BC’s safety laws, different parties have different roles and responsibilities for work that occurs on a community forest or woodlot licence area.
Are you logging near powerlines? Recent incidents in BC’s forest industry, in which trees being felled have contacted energized transmission lines, have led to the creation of some new documents by BC Hydro.
The Woodlot License and Community Forest Agreement Safety Committee with the BC Forest Safety Council has developed a resource of additional considerations when working on land that has been affected by wildfires.
An eye opener!
By Mark Churchill, RFT
Prior to attending the Small Employer OHS Training Course, I was probably like most people and thought that I knew what was required to provide a safe work site and what safety concerns to discuss when hiring a contractor to conduct some silviculture work,
“prime contractor” means, in relation to a multiple-employer workplace,
(a) the directing contractor, employer or other person who enters into a written agreement with the owner of that workplace to be the prime contractor,