BC loses 37th forest industry worker
November 17, 2005 By Pulp & Paper Canada
B.C.’s forest industry has taken a hard hit, and not only in financial terms. The death of faller James Warner on N…
B.C.’s forest industry has taken a hard hit, and not only in financial terms. The death of faller James Warner on November 13th marked the 37th fatality the province’s industry has suffered so far this year, the Vancouver Sun reported.
According to the Sun, Warner was killed when a 20-metre section of a cedar tree fell on his head. He had been clearing a road for a contractor employed by Interfor. Although at the time of the accident he had been working alone, his wife was waiting in his truck. When she was unable to contact him via radio, she went to investigate and discovered the tragedy.
According to WorkSafe B.C. Warner had been working in a safe manner. The Sun confirmed that he had completed a certification course.
The Sun further reported that of the 37 deaths so far this year, five of the victims have been fallers.
The high death toll has prompted the NDP to call on the B.C. Liberal government to address a total of 12 issues it has identified in its demand for better forest safety.
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