Safety Is Top Of Mind In British Columbia’s Forests
Insight The outlook over the next few years in the B.C. forestry industry is expected to be positive, including a continuing trend in reducing serious injuries and fatalities.
Starting in 2005, the industry, its unions and B.C.’s government took on the challenge of improving safety records in forestry. The B.C. forestry industry used to have a serious injury rate almost three times as high as the provincial average for all workplaces. It is now down to twice as high and continuing its downward trend.
"As the forest industry faces retirements and economic improvements, it will be looking to attract new people."
Developing strong programs
While industry has also reduced the number of work-related fatalities, it is committed to continuing its efforts to develop strong programs that will help prevent fatalities and send workers home to their families, uninjured and healthy, every day. Senior management of many of B.C.’s forest companies and the United Steelworkers Union are contributing key people to work on improving the safety of the forest industry.
There are teams working in harvesting, log hauling and silviculture made up of company, union and British Columbia Timber Sales representatives.
As the forest industry faces retirements and economic improvements, it will be looking to attract new people. Telling them they are going to work in an industry dedicated to getting them back to their family injury-free after work — and proving it with a great track record that shows it can be done is a positive selling point.