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BC logging truck driver dies


July 3, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A death of a BC logger has brought the total of fatalities for the province to eight.

A death of a BC logger has brought the total of fatalities for the province to eight.

A report by the Times Colonist confirmed that a 52-year-old logging truck driver died while loading his logging truck in Port Alberni on July 1. While the fatality is in line with the number of deaths for the industry last year, the incident on Tuesday was the third accident involving a truck driver this year. Only one such fatal accident occurred in 2007.

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“We are seeing a trend where incidents are shifting away from the harvesting end of forestry and towards the transportation side of the business,” the Times Colonist reported Tanner Elton, CEO of the BC Forest Safety Council as saying. “Logging truck drivers have been a problematic area.”

The report further noted the incident occurred when the driver was moving the logs from an off-road trailer to a highway trailer, on company property. The man, nor the company he was working for, have been identified.

According to the Times Colonist, an investigation into the fatal incident has been launched.


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