Initial Start-up Safety Considerations
The biggest Safety concerns for Silviculture Activities are
- First Aid requirements,
- access to the site and
- Crew experience.
A crew of over 5 workers requires an Emergency Transport Vehicle (ETV). Over 10 workers requires a Level 3 First Aid Attendant and ETV. This Fall, in conjunction with Zanzibar Holdings Ltd., we were responsible for ensuring the Safety requirements of 16 different Silviculture crews were met and maintained.
Here are a few things to consider when getting started:
- What type of activity will you be carrying out and what equipment will you be using.
- Chainsaws and Brush saws can be dangerous, has there been training?
- Are your First Aid requirements being met.
- Emergency Response Plan has been created and reviewed with workers.
- Hazards, Employee evaluations, Site inspections and Safety meetings conducted routinely.
In the Summer months, check which weather station is representative to your site. Check the Danger Class Rating daily to ensure you are in compliance with the Forest Fire Prevention & Suppression Regulations. Make sure you have adequate fire tools on site. Always have a plan in place if a fire should start on your site. Workers should be assessed for signs of heat related illnesses like heat stroke or exhaustion.
Workers should be assessed for signs of cold weather related illnesses like hypothermia. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Slipping and tripping hazards are more prevalent. Driving to and from the work site can be hazardous, drive to the conditions of the road.