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New BC Forest Safety Council Resource

New Radio Use and Road Calling Procedures video provides viewers with correct way to use radios on resource roads

BC Forest Safety Council
July 9, 2021

Nanaimo, BC – The latest resource road video released this week showcases the correct use of radio calling procedures on resource and forest service roads. As the summer progresses, resource roads are busier than ever with industry and recreational users driving on these roads all across BC. Incidents continue to occur causing great concern for many forestry, oil and gas, government and other users. This 7.5-minute Radio Use and Road Calling Procedures video provides a step-by-step overview of the correct use of radio procedures and details communications protocols between vehicles on resource and forest service roads to support safe passage. This video is the second in the series of Resource Road Safety videos targeted at a broad audience of viewers from industry to the general public. The narrative transitions between professional log truck drivers providing insight on how to drive these roads, to forestry company representatives providing coaching on safe calling procedures and the narrator giving step-by-step instructions to aid road users in understanding the protocols required to reach their destination safely.

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Management of Prime Contractor requirements and the Mitigation of Corporate Liabilities Related to WorkSafe BC Legislation

The complex nature of the Prime Contractor process and the common misunderstandings related to its application can have implications for worker safety and lead to Woodlot Licence and Community Forest Agreement holders being exposed to potential liabilities.  Often, these liability risks are tied to the omission or execution of some key aspect of the Prime Contractor process.  The process controls, identified in the document, aid the Owner in confirming and recording information related to contractor qualifications, identification of Owner and Prime Contractor responsibilities, the transfer of site plan and hazard information and ongoing communication.

This document summarizes actions required by the owner to address worker safety and mitigate risks related to safety incidents or violations of safety legislation.

Management of Prime Contractor requirements can be found here

 

Templates for Development of a Safety Plan

In BC, each community forest licensee has a responsibility to have a safety plan in place to guide forest management activities on their tenure area.  Recognizing that tenure holders manage those operations in a range of ways, the Woodlot Licence and Community Forest Agreement Safety Committee of the BC Forest Safety Council has developed three safety plan templates based on the type of work being conducted and who is doing the work. Each template provides guidance and resources (checklists, example forms, links) that will help community forest agreement holders build a new safety plan or enhance their existing program.  If you are interested in becoming SAFE Certified, these templates will also assist you in pursuing that objective.

Templates can be found here

Prime Contractor

Everyone in the forest industry needs to be qualified to do their work safely. This includes anyone
doing the work of being a prime contractor.

Prime Contractor

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Worker” – A person who has entered into or works under a contract of hiring, written or oral,
express or implied, including:

i) Those persons undergoing training or probationary work specified or stipulated by the employer
as a preliminary to employment

ii) an independent operator

Are you a worker?