Free safety conference for forestry workers upcoming

  • Oct. 21, 2008 5:00 p.m.

Making forestry safer is the subject of a conference coming up in a couple of weeks. It happens in Qualicum Beach November 1, when Human factors – Why bad things happen to good people gets underway. It will focus on the human component behind unsafe practices, and explore safety issues pertaining to forestry such as substance abuse, fatigue and hazard identification in the workplace.The steering committee, which includes forestry, wood products and pulp and paper manufacturers, WorkSafe BC, and BC Forest Safety Council reps, hopes to find new ways of helping employers and workers eliminate unsafe practices.”The conference will not only contribute to a safer, healthier workplace, it may also (satisfy) the annual eight-hour safety committee training requirement of the Workers Compensation Act,” said Steve Mueller of the committee.Reynold Hert, keynote speaker and president and CEO of Western Forest Products said it’s “important.we hear as many voices as possible.all injuries and fatalities are preventable and exploring what each of us can do to make a difference is a significant step towards a safer industry.” The conference is expected to attract forestry workers as well as industry leaders and safety representatives from around the province.To register, see HYPERLINK “”