Safety is of the utmost importance to members of the Truck Loggers Association. Learn more about how we strive to ensure safe logging practices are carried out across the province.
COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES.
We hope that everyone is staying healthy during the COVID-19 virus outbreak and are taking all necessary precautions to keep yourself, your families and employees healthy as well.
Below are resources and information to assist you and your employees with staying healthy and informed:
- For the most current COVID-19 information, visit the BC Government COVID-19 website.
- For General Questions About COVID-19: in BC call 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) 7:30am – 8pm every day.
- BC Nurses Hotline: If you are symptomatic or for other health concerns call 811 (or 711 for hearing impaired
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Centres for Disease Control
- Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions – Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- World Health Organization
- World Health Organization Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
- Updates for Workers and Employers
- Information for employers and workers about their rights and responsibilities under the Workers Compensation Act and OHS Regulation
- BC Forest Safety Council
- Industry Resources and Information including Western Forestry Contractor’s Association (WFCA) COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines for Silviculture, Wildfire and Contracting Camps & Crews (draft)
- Print and post COVID-19 prevention poster in all staff areas.
- Sign up for the weekly crew talk for more COVID-19 updates.
- National Safety Council
- National Safety Council webinar: Coronavirus(COV-19): What You Need to Know In Partnership with Centres for Disease Control (45 minutes).
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Guidance on coronavirus in workplaces
- Occupational Safety and Health Act Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- Department of Finance Canada for Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, includes individuals and businesses.
- Small Business BC provides government supports for small business, links to current information and relevant articles on COVID-19 considerations for business. SBBC advisors are ready to answer entrepreneurs’ questions about implementing or updating business continuity plans, accessing the Talk to an Expert program, or finding online training to help them take the next step. They can be reached at1-800-667-2272 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Small Business Branch has prepared joint information on Business Continuity & COVID-19 Small Business Resources, which provides a checklist of considerations that small businesses can use to help minimize the impacts of COVID-19 to their employees and operations.
- Business Development Bank of Canada offer loans and advice
HELICOPTER EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES REPORT.
2017 – BC Forest Safety Ombudsman Report on Helicopter Emergency Medical Services
This report initially focused on the effectiveness of the Helicopter Emergency Services (HEMS) strictly from a forest worker perspective. However, because the emergency medical transportation system is so inter-related, it was difficult to entirely separate out issues also affecting the general public. Therefore, some of the observations and recommendations contained in this report apply not only to the forestry sector but also to all residents of the province.
February 3, 2017 Vancouver – BC Forest Safety Ombudsman, Roger Harris, released a report, Will It Be There? A Report on Helicopter Emergency Medical Services in BC, about emergency medical transportation services found in rural BC and how it affects forestry workers.
TLA FUNDING FOR LEVEL THREE FIRST AID TRAINING.
- Be employed by a TLA member company in direct harvesting in BC.
- Have a valid BC driver’s licence.
- Complete and submit the application form above.
- Provide a letter of employment confirmation from your employer.
- Then submit a OFA3 pre-course registration in a community near your home. Upon approval, the applicant shall fund their own course.
- One applicant per company.
- Applications must be submitted via email to the TLA here
- The TLA Board has authorized funding through the TLA Forestry Education Fund.
- Applications will be vetted on a first come, first served basis.
- Application vetting will be done by Education Committee Chair, Dave McNaught, and TLA Executive Director, Bob Brash.
- Applicants will be contacted and advised if approved, prior to taking the course.
BC FOREST FIRES.
THANK YOU FIRE FIGHTERS!
- Thank you to all the forest workers who have taken their equipment and left their homes and families to help fight the forest fires in BC.
HOW CAN I STAY INFORMED?
- For BC Wildfire Service contacts, click here
- For the latest information on current wildfires, road closings and air quality advisories, visit B.C. Wildfire Service and Emergency Info BC. Also follow the hashtag #BCWildfire and these Twitter handles: @EmergencyInfoBC and @PreparedBC.
- Information about the location of hospital patients relocated due to fires is available at 1-877-442-2001.
- Evacuees can register with Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582.
- Individuals who have been displaced can go to any pharmacy in BC for refill or replacement prescriptions, according to a B.C. Pharmacare Policy.
HOW CAN I HELP THE PEOPLE AFFECTED?
- The government has published an information bulletin on how to donate effectively so your money goes where it is needed.
- Donate through the Canadian Red Cross’ British Columbia Fires Appeal webpageor call 1 800-418-1111.
- You can also text FIRES to 45678 to donate $10 to the Canadian Red Cross BC Fires Appeal.
- Several other organizations are partnering with the province to provide aid: CanadaHelps, FoodBanks BC, The Salvation Army, United Way, and BC Liquor Stores
WORKSAFEBC HIGH RISK STRATEGY.
WorkSafeBC’S High Risk Strategies identify and target industries and employers with a high risk of serious workplace injury and a significant contribution to the serious injury rate. Based on the incidence of serious injuries and work-related deaths, the High Risk Strategies include four industry sectors: construction, forestry, health care, and manufacturing.
Collectively, the High Risk Strategies are designed to reduce the serious injury rate through implementation of risk-reduction tactics directed towards high-risk work activities. The primary role of the High Risk Strategies is to identify categories of serious injuries and to develop planned approaches to effect change, thereby reducing the risk of serious injuries. Each strategy focuses prevention initiatives on identified areas of high risk in order to apply resources and effort where they will be most effective.
- Manual tree falling
- Log transportation
- Cable yarding
- Mechanized harvesting
DAY OF MOURNING.
The 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.
In 2016 there were 144 work related fatalities in BC: 10 were directly related to forestry operations and 2 were related to forest products manufacturing. This year ceremonies will be held April 28th to commemorate workers.
Day of Mourning 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 28 was chosen because it was on this date in 1914 that the first Workers’ Compensation Act was brought into effect in Canada.