WCB Goes Ahead With BC Faller Certification

In spite of what appears to be lack of support from industry the Workers Compensation Board is going ahead with its plans to certify all fallers in British Columbia. Expect a WCB announcement in early November explaining how to access the grandfathering program.

What is going on with WCB faller certification?

In spite of what appears to be lack of support from industry the Workers Compensation Board is going ahead with its plans to certify all fallers in British Columbia. Expect a WCB announcement in early November explaining how to access the grandfathering program and how much it will cost. By the sounds of it there will not be any subsidies to take the examination. In other words it will be user pay with selected WCB officers doing the examination and evaluations. Estimates range around $200 for each applicant with the grandfathering window extended over 18 months. Applicants will be able to receive a copy of what they will be tested on prior to taking the exam.

The main thing for forestry contractors is that if you only fall one tree a year at work you will still need this training. Remember that falling is defined as cutting a tree more than six inches/15 cm in diameter measured at chest height. Spacing, brushing, snag falling, even supervisors doing hazard abatement falling around silvicultural work camps will likely require this certification. Forestry fallers should make sure they have a work history ready, including job description and timber types worked in, in order to qualify for the grandfathering exam. The regulations requiring faller certification has been in effect since early summer, but certification has only proceeded on a pilot basis so far.