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Title: Day of Mourning


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Day of Mourning April 28, 2016
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Day of Mourning April 28, 2016
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 2015 there were 122 work related fatalities in
BC
8 were directly related to forestry operations

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Log Hauling
February Log truck driver in heavy snow rear
ended another log truck on the Alaska Highway (at
Mile 64). November A log truck driver was
fatally injured when his log truck was caught in
a landslide and carried down a steep slope in an
area north of Hope. December A 71-year-old Hope
log truck driver, was pronounced dead at the
scene after his loaded logging truck rolled on
its side in a single vehicle incident on the
Lougheed Highway near the Deroche Bridge.
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Manual Tree Falling
July Faller falling a tree was struck by another
tree on the Northern BC Coast. July Faller
struck by tree dislodged by log line loader
(super snorkel) near Holberg.  
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Skidding
July 27, 2015 Skidder operator out of cab was
struck by a runaway log while working near
Revelstoke.
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Forestry Operations
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October 14, 2015 A worker was fatally injured
when the heavy duty truck he was working under
rolled over him in the Ladysmith area, Vancouver
Island. April 6, 2015 Pickup truck driver at
side of resource road struck by another truck
near Smithers.
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Wood Products Manufacturing
  September A 28-year-old worker died after he
was pinned between a large stacker and the sort
deck on which he was working, at Creston.
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Associated Fatalities
There were four associated forest harvesting
fatalities in 2015 January A certified faller
died while falling a tree that barberchaired on a
residential property in Chilliwack. May Low bed
truck driver delivering equipment was struck by a
piece of tree while pulling fallen trees off a
road near Prince George. July Faller fighting
wildfire was struck by tree in falling incident
near Sechelt. December A 28-year-old woman died
at the scene when the car she was driving
collided with a logging truck near Fort St.
James, in icy conditions.  
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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/ WorkSafeBC 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/
BC Forest Safety Council www.bcforestsafe.org
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