In British Columbia the 2004 Final Report of the Forest Safety Task Force laid out an action plan to eliminate deaths and serious injuries in the province’s forests. The WSCA took immediate action byhelping found the BC Forest Safety Council and subsequently establish the sector’s own BC SAFE Silviculture Program. That program has led in setting competency standards and delivering industry training, sponsoring workplace safety research, and advancing cultural change in the silviculture sector across Western Canada. The sector’s ongoing work on improving its safety performance builds in part on using a human factors-based approach including appreciative inquiry and other innovative processes.
This spring, Okanagan College and Total Physiotherapy in Houston, BC, collaborated on a research project studying preventative strategies for a very common tendinitis affecting tree planters. Tendinitis of the thumb, termed de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, is a frequent early season tree planting injury occurring on the shovel side. Total Physiotherapy has successfully treated de Quervain’s through … Read more