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Anatomy of a Rollover - BCFSC Training Available
Red Shirt Foundation: Moving from Pain to Purpose
Youtube.com Logging Video Feature Pick

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ANATOMY OF A ROLLOVER PRESENTATIONS
If you drive for a company or organization as part of or all of your occupation, the law considers you to have a greater standard of care to drive safely and defensively.

Log truck rollovers are one of the most common serious workplace incidents a log truck driver may experience. Not only do rollovers have the potential to cause serious injuries and fatalities they also cost a company thousands of dollars in vehicle damages and lost time.

The BC Forest Safety Council will be announcing Spring 2015 Anatomy of a Rollover presentations throughout BC. These presentations focus on the dynamics of a rollover, the five causes of rollovers, and how to prevent them. They are specifically designed for log truck drivers, supervisors, and loader operators. The presentations are delivered by Grant Aune of Advantage Fleet Services. Grant is an accomplished speaker with over 32 years of commercial vehicle incident investigation and accident reconstruction experience.

If you drive for a company or organization as part of or all of your occupation, the law considers you to have a greater standard of care to drive safely and defensively. Criminal courts have established that professional drivers have a greater standard of care when operating vehicles. Bill C-45 has created corporate criminal liability.

Organizations have always had to deal with civil liability (fault) and the torte process in civil courts. Bill C-45 has established a specific section within criminal negligence that imposes criminal liability upon an organization. As a result, directors, managers, supervisors and other persons in authority within an organization can be charged criminally. An organization must take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to employees and/or any other persons arising from work conducted by the organization.

Anatomy of a Rollover (AOR) is a dynamic presentation designed specifically for any driver who operates a heavy commercial vehicle, as well as for supervisors and fleet managers. The presentation focuses on the dynamics of a rollover and the five specific causes. Each contributing factor is discussed and drivers are given the tools/knowledge to prevent rollover type incidents from happening to them.

Advantage Fleet Services Inc.(AFSI) has developed the AOR presentation to deal specifically with logging truck rollovers. Rollover incidents are very costly and often involve serious injuries and/or death. These incidents also become very high profile in the media due to their seriousness and the disruption to traffic. Large commercial vehicles are not designed to be on their sides and offer limited protection to the driver when not on their wheels. The saying “keep the rubber part down and the metal part up” came from the transportation industry and was specific to rollover-type incidents.

There are many different configurations of trucks that have been approved over the years and are still currently being used in the transportation of both long and short logs. It has been shown through detailed analysis that a log haul professional driver with 30 years’ experience will never haul the same load (dynamically) twice. It is critical that the loader man and the driver work together to build the best load possible to improve overall stability during the transportation process. Topics include:

  • Dynamics of a rollover

  • The five causes of rollover

  • Specific case studies with supporting physical evidence

  • Importance of load securement and the dynamics of various loads (can be customized for the client)

  • Tire and road surface considerations

  • Incident examples

The BC Forest Safety Council will be announcing Spring 2015 Anatomy of a Rollover presentations throughout BC.

Upcoming Presentations
Sessions are being planned for April-June 2015. Dates and locations to be announced.

Registration
Click here to email us at Rollover Registration. Please fill in the requested information in the body of the email.

Cost
These presentations will be offered free of charge due to the generous sponsorship of many forest industry organizations.

Questions?
Email us at training@bcforestsafe.org OR call toll free 1-877-324-1212, Monday to Friday, 8 am – 5 pm PT.

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RED SHIRT FOUNDATION: MOVING FROM PAIN TO PURPOSE
The Red Shirt Foundation was founded to educate the public about workplace violence.

On April 30th of 2014 Michael Lunn and Fred McEachren were killed by a former employee of the company that they worked for. Known as the Nanaimo Mill Shootings, this tragedy took place just before 7 am where a former employee entered the work site carrying a shotgun and a hand gun. Michael had just arrived to start his shift and was just getting out of his truck when the former employee approached him with a heavy gauge shotgun. Michael died only minutes after being shot. Next, the shooter entered a small office next to the parking lot and shot and killed a plant supervisor Fred McEachren. The shooter then continued shooting and wounded two other employees. Luckily two coworkers managed to restrain the former employee and ended the shooting spree.

Michael was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather; and was the Union Plant Chairman. He not only loved his union role of protecting the rights of workers, but he supported coworkers in need. Michael's wife Marlene and his children want to turn the pain that they are feeling into a purpose by reaching out to other families who have experienced pain and suffering from workplace violence.

Created by Michael Lunn's family and friends to educate the public about workplace violence, the Red Shirt Foundation will work towards finding and developing tools that will assist people in recognizing mental health issues, and will provide better support to people who need help in dealing with workplace-related conflicts and challenges. 

For more information on the Red Shirt Foundation, or to make a donation, click here.

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FWSN Media Room

The Forest Worker Safety Network regularly reviews logging videos on YouTube.com. The video below is our feature pick for this month. Click the video screen if you wish to enlarge the video for viewing on in new browser window on the Youtube.com website.  [back to top]

Shake and Shingle: Distractions

Everyone knows that life is full of distractions; but when you have a dangerous job, it's even more important to stay focused on your work. A shingle sawyer is someone who cuts wooden roofing shingles using two large circular saws. In BC, shingles are generally made of Western Red Cedar which is an aromatic and disease-resistant wood indigenous to the province. This video shows how being lost in thought while cutting shingles can put you at risk. Stay focused and stay injury free. Video courtesy of WorkSafeBC.

Something to say about this video? Email us at: info@fwsn.org.

 

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Day of Mourning - April 28th

Forest Worker Safety Network

The Forest Workers Safety Network (FWSN) is an initiative of United Steelworkers (USW) District 3, which represents over 20,000 forest workers in British Columbia.

In light of rising forest industry fatalities and injuries, the FWSN has been formed as a response to a demand for a worker-focused information and networking system. The FWSN is available to all BC forest workers, at no cost, whether or not they are members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The FWSN is initiating its activities by disseminating information developed for BC Coastal loggers and woodlands employees, from stump to dump and beyond. We are also collecting information on safety issues in the sector and on urgent and pressing issues that groups of workers and individuals face. We provide general health and safety information and information on the USW’s ongoing efforts to stop needless fatalities and injuries.

There will be regular communications for all workers who sign up.

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