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Title: Day of Mourning


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Day of Mourning April 28, 2014
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Day of Mourning April 28, 2014
Day of Mourning is a day intended to recognize
those who lost their lives as a result of a
work-related incident or occupational
diseases. Ceremonies have been held across the
country ever since the Canadian Labour Congress
initiated a national Day of Mourning ceremony on
April 28, 1984 and is now recognized annually
around the world in more than 100
countries. April 28th was chosen because it was
on this date in 1914 that the first Workers
Compensation Act was brought into effect in
Canada.
Deaths from workplace injury average nearly a
thousand per year in Canada. There are
approximately one million workplace injuries a
year in Canada a compensable injury occurs
every seven seconds of each working day.
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In 2013 there were 128 work related fatalities in
BC

11 were forestry related
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Log Hauling
January An empty logging truck collided head-on
with the trailer of a loaded lumber transport
truck that had jack-knifed. A third transport
truck collided with the accident scene. The
operator of the empty logging truck later
succumbed to his injuries.   April An
off-highway log truck driver was fatally injured
while attempting to cut two logs with a chain
saw. The two logs had fallen from the top of the
load and were suspended in the binders.
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Log Hauling
July While the load on an off-highway log
transporter was being wrapped, two logs fell from
the load. One of the logs was found on top of the
driver, who succumbed to his injuries. November
The tractor of a loaded cut-to-length (C-T-L)
logging truck went off the side of the first
section of a single-lane bridge. The tractor came
to rest on the driver's side of the cab. The
operator was found on the ground under the cab. 
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Floatplane Operations
  October A pilot was trying to maneuver a
floatplane into position to land when it crashed
onto a small island. The pilot and the two
passengers did not survive the crash. 
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Shake Block Cutting
October A worker was cutting a blowdown cedar
tree into shake blocks within old-growth timber,
a mix of blowdown and standing trees. A standing
hemlock uprooted, causing a chain reaction of
live and dead trees falling down towards the
worker. The worker was struck by a portion of a
tree and sustained fatal injuries. 
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Manual Tree Falling
  August A certified manual faller was falling a
17-inch-diameter alder tree. As the larger tree
fell, a smaller alder tree (10 inches in
diameter), located behind the falling face, broke
at the 28-foot height. The broken portion of the
tree struck the faller, inflicting a fatal
injury.
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Mobile equipment
.
June A worker was using a front-end loader to
move a large fuel tank across a 24-percent sloped
portion of the access road to a barge landing.
The machine rolled onto its side, throwing the
worker out the door and resulting in fatal crush
injuries.
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Road Grading
May A grader was grading uphill on a gravel road
with a 10 percent slope, preparing for a logging
operation. For an unknown reason, the grader
reversed out of control and proceeded down the
slope backwards. It is believed that the operator
exited the grader while it was travelling
backwards and was subsequently crushed by the
grader blade.  August A grader tipped over and
submerged in water. The operator was trapped
under water for approximately 45 minutes and
although CPR was initiated, the worker could not
be revived.
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Staying safe
  • We all play a role in keeping ourselves and our
    co-workers safe.
  • Take a moment to recognize how you can impact
    workplace safety
  • Report unsafe acts or conditions - dont walk by.
  • Be prepared for work mentally and physically.
    Recognize the signs when you are rushed,
    distracted or complacent and may be making unsafe
    decisions. Stop and reassess what you are about
    to do.
  • Take an active role in your crew members
    wellbeing. If a co-worker is distracted or
    otherwise unfit for work talk to them or your
    supervisor. An injured worker impacts us all.
  • Ask for assistance if you are unsure of how to
    proceed or need additional support.


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I Chose to Look The Other Way   I could have
saved a life that day, But I chose to look the
other way. It wasn't that I didn't care, I had
the time, and I was there.   But I didn't want to
seem a fool, Or argue over a safety rule. I knew
he'd done the job before, If I spoke up, he might
get sore.   The chances didn't seem that bad,
I'd done the same, He knew I had. So I shook my
head and walked on by, He knew the risks as well
as I.   He took the chance, I closed an eye, And
with that act, I let him die. I could have saved
a life that day, But I chose to look the other
way.   Now every time I see his wife, I'll know,
I should have saved his life. That guilt is
something I must bear, But it isn't something you
need share.   If you see a risk that others take,
That puts their health or life at stake. The
question asked, or thing you say, Could help them
live another day.   If you see a risk and walk
away, Then hope you never have to say, I could
have saved a life that day, But I chose, to look
the other way.  
Don Merrell donmerrell_at_hotmail.com
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Day of Mourning links
Day of Mourning website http//www.dayofmourni
ng.bc.ca/ WorkSAFE BC http//www.worksafebc.com
/news_room/campaigns/day_of_mourning/default.asp
Canadian Center for Occupational Health and
Safety http//www.ccohs.ca/events/mourning/
I Chose to Look the Other Way Poem
http//www.campus.manchester.ac.uk/healthandsafety
/Poem/i_20chose_to_look_the_other_way.pdf BC
Forest Safety Council www.bcforestsafe.org
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