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October 27, 2017 5:27 pm

Safety in Forestry Industry Focus of Weekend Conference

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 5:50 AM

Prince George, B.C. – From managing worker fatigue to steep slope logging – there will be plenty to learn at this weekend’s BC Forest Safety Council conference at CN Centre.

The Conference is a partnership with the Canada North Resource Expo and will begin with two free safety workshops that will focus on log hauling and manual tree falling on Friday.

The log hauling session will include a panel discussion on the new 9 axle log truck configuration and a log hauler fatality update from the BC Corner’s Service.

“It’s a free event for industry people to attend,” says manager Gerard Messier. “We’re lucky to have Chico Newell with the Coroner’s Service to talk about specific solutions to the challenges we have with log hauling safety and some of the incidents he’s seen.”

He says Saturday’s conference is also free and will include a session on an emerging practice called steep slope logging.

“Especially around the Prince George area with the mountain pine beetle infestation that went through and increased the annual allowable cut. A lot of the timber on the flatter, more accessible ground has been harvested,” says Messier.

“So, contractors are looking to go to those areas that are steeper, that traditionally in the past haven’t been that easy to log and so have been bypassed. Well now, the technology is there and we’ll talk about that.”

Although the sessions are free he says participants must register first. You can do so by clicking here.


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