The BC Forest Safety Council is vowing to take action, after a WorksafeBC inspection blitz discovered more than 40 safety violations in BC’s forest industry in a one month period.
It was prompted after four manual tree fallers lost their lives in July alone.
Reynold Hert with the industry-created safety council says tree falling is a dangerous job, but they are doing everything they can to make it safer.
“This concerns the whole industry. Every industry would like people who come to work in it to return home safely at the end of the day. And in particular, in the forests industry, many of our people, they are from small towns, so when there is a serious injury or a fatality, it hits everyone in that community very hard.”
WorksafeBC says it inspected 44 work sites, issued 206 inspection reports, with 49 orders, between August and September.