March 2019 - Slips, Trips and Falls

Alert of the Month

Working in BC’s forests means working in uneven and slippery terrain. A slip, trip or fall has the potential for serious injury; resulting in lost time from work, a trip to hospital or the end to your favourite after work activity.

Recent incidents reported to WorkSafeBC include:

Injury: Fractured vertebrae
The operator of a log loader fell while stepping onto the log loader's track. The operator landed on the asphalt surface below. The operator was treated on site by a Level 3 first aid attendant, and then was transported to hospital by ETV.

Injury: Soft-tissue injuries, bruising
In bad weather, a young worker climbed a bow ladder on a log barge in a remote heli-water-drop forestry operation. The worker fell off the ladder and landed on boom sticks about 10 feet (3 m) below. The worker received first aid on site, and then was transported to hospital by helicopter.

Understanding Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, trips and falls are the second most common injury on forest industry worksites. These incidents can have serious consequences such as long-term damage to our bodies and negatively affecting our ability to make a living.

Recommended Preventative Actions

Additional Resources

Three Point Contact Posters and Stickers: These posters and stickers (see above) are available for free. Visit this link to see how to order: /node/2485

Slips, Trips & Falls Injury Prevention Resource Package: Includes tips and techniques to educate yourself and your workers, improve your safety management system and inspire practical solutions for preventing slips, trips and falls in your operations. Visit this link for details: /node/2142

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