A 2008 ruling by
WorkSafeBC underlines the importance of a proper safety
orientation for more than just your employees. EnCana
Corporation was fined $150,000 for a 2005 incident that
resulted in the death of a contractor who was brush-cutting
"An initial site
visit by WorkSafeBC officers found that stumps of most fallen
trees cut by the crew didn't meet the assessment of the B.C.
Faller Training Standard. WorkSafeBC also criticized the
ineffectiveness of worker orientation, citing a 23-minute
general safety video as inadequate to address the specific
issues the slashing crew were dealing with."
The contractor was crushed by improperly
fallen trees while
"performing work duties that were significantly beyond his
abilities,'' the incident report said. Because of the
remoteness of the worksite, the lack of a First Aid Attendant
and poor weather conditions, the injured worker did not
receive medical attention in a timely fashion.
EnCana spokesman, Boras, said the company has since improved
training. "We have increased our training and have worked with
WorkSafeBC to come up with a safety plan with respect to tree
Anyone working for your company, whether an employee or
outside contractor, need the proper safety orientation for the
workplace they will occupy. Proper preparation and training
can prevent injury or death.
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