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BC Forest Safety Council, FPInnovations team up for safety performance


April 11, 2018
By P&PC Staff

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Apr. 10, 2018 – The BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC) and FPInnovations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work collaboratively on enhancing safety performance in the forest industry by sharing scientific and technical applications.

Under the MoU, individual projects and financial support agreements for specific activities will be identified through consultation between the two parties, with FPInnovations providing research expertise and technical resources or materials to help reduce serious injuries and fatalities in the forest industry.

“This MoU supports some of our key strategic objectives, namely to link safety and business success in a meaningful way and to improve the distribution and awareness of industry current best practices, guidelines and standards, while improving collaboration with government agencies and other stakeholders. Promoting innovation, science and technical solutions in support of improving safety in the forestry industry is key to long-term success,” said Rob Moonen, BC Forest Safety Council CEO.

Examples that are currently underway include a steep slope harvesting calculator, feller buncher rollover analysis, fatigue and distraction technologies, a winch-assist harvester best practice manual and body cams for fallers.

“FPInnovations values this partnership as an opportunity to drive its research and expertise to field practitioners and achieve safer operations for forest workers,” said Stéphane Renou, president and CEO, FPInnovations.