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Forest Safety Council snapshot reveals more work needed to keep loggers safe

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August 09, 2016 - 11:02 AM

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The British Columbia Forest Safety Council reports headway in one area as it aims to cut fatalities and injuries in the forest industry.

Council CEO Rob Moonen says there have been just three logging truck rollovers this year, compared to 51 in 2013.

But while he appreciates that success, Moonen says it has been difficult to curb injuries related to tree falling.

He says the injury rate among B.C. tree fallers reached 29.6 per cent in 2015, translating to one injury among every three fallers.

Moonen says he is relieved the injuries appear less serious than in the past.

The Forest Safety Council says fatalities in the industry doubled to eight last year from the year before, with five recorded so far this year.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2016
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