2017-01-27 - Maintenance worker at small sawmill

Fatality Alert

On January 27th, a worker was fatally injured while he was doing maintenance on a small sawmill in Lumby, BC. Our condolences go out to the family and co-workers of the deceased.

WorkSafeBC, the RCMP and the Coroners Service are investigating this incident.

Although it has not been confirmed if this is a direct manufacturing fatality and while the details of this incident are still unknown, please review the following safety information:

  1. Locking out equipment prior to maintenance activities is critical. Develop lock out procedures and train all workers on how to implement them.
  2. Guarding must be in place where there is potential for a worker to get injured by moving machinery. Inspect your operations regularly to ensure guarding is in place and install guarding upgrades where needed.
  3. Be aware that loose clothing, jewellery, hair or other items can be caught and drawn into moving equipment. Provide workers with standards for acceptable clothing, hair and jewellery.
  4. Work conditions change constantly; do a hazard assessment before starting any job. Ask yourself “What could go wrong here?” and take corrective action when required. Don’t become complacent.

Illustration of a mill similar to the one in this incident.


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