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That alll forestry fatalities and injuries are preventable.
That the safety of forestry workers is an over-riding priority.
That safety excellence is key to the long-term success of our industry.
Forest Industry Forms Safety Council
BC Forest Safety Council to be Permanent Safety Organization

November 4th 2004, Forest safety is becoming a high priority for the forest industry and the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) in British Columbia. Today the creation of the new BC Forest Safety Council (the Council) was announced simultaneously in Prince George and Nanaimo.

The Council’s mandate is to work within the forest industry to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries and create an environment of working safely and encouraging improved health and safety programs, performance, and results.

Bringing together the entire forest sector under one organization, the Council will be developing programs and initiatives in four critical areas.

Promoting Cultural Change to ensure that safety is treated as an over-riding priority and a shared responsibility throughout the sector.
Promoting a Safety Conscious Legal Regime in which the laws, regulations and compliance programs encourage and support safety.
Developing a Competent and Confident Workforce where workers are trained and certified and encouraged to work safely.
Encourage Qualified Companies where safety programs are encouraged and rewarded.

The interim senior officers of the Council are: Chair Jim Shepherd, Chief Executive Office of Canfor; Vice Chair Keith Playfair, independent contract faller; and Secretary Treasurer Ron Corbeil of the Steelworkers – IWA Council.

BCFSC Chair, Jim Shepherd
“The BC Forest Safety Council will be a permanent organization, dedicated to implementing and coordinating policies designed to reduce death and injury in the forests,” said the Council’s Chair Jim Shepherd. “The creation of the Council is our commitment that action will be taken on the Health and Safety Accord, to which all forest industry organizations and the Steelworkers – IWA Council agreed to support,” Shepherd added.

“As minister responsible for the Workman’s Compensation Board, I commissioned the Forest Safety Task Force to find ways to reduce the unacceptable number of fatalities and injury in the forest sector,” said Skills Development and Labour Minister Graham Bruce. “I am very pleased with the creation of the Council as a key first step in our determination to address this serious issue,” said Minister Bruce.

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November 4, 2004
Joint Press Conferences in Nanaimo and Prince George to announce the BC Faller Training Standard and Certification Program

January 18-21, 2005
TLA 62nd Annual Conference – Opportunity is Knocking
The Truck Loggers Association
Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre
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