Collaborative research for improved safety of forestry workers

December 8, 2023
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada

Between 2017 and 2021, shoulder injuries arising from forestry workers securing log loads on trucks cost WorkSafeBC and the British Columbia forest industry more than $4.6 million. These claims were related to throwing, removing, cinching, and tightening wrappers during the load securement process. FPInnovations, in collaboration with the Load Securement Working Group, has identified tools and practices to mitigate the risk of load securement-related injuries, and options suitable for the workers’ specific operational needs. These resources are described in a recently published report, Evaluation of Technologies and Practices to Reduce or Eliminate Log Load Securement Related Injuries. In the near future, these tools will also be presented in a user-friendly format along with training videos.

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