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Forestry

The forestry sector has been a major part of Nova Scotia’s economy for generations.

Employers and workers have embraced safety and as a result, the sector’s safety performance is improving.

In 2015 there were 26 lost-time injuries in the forestry sector. The number of serious injuries has been steadily trending downward. For example, in 2006 and 2007 there were about 60 lost-time injuries in the forestry sector.

The Forestry Safety Society is working to reduce the impact of workplace injury in Nova Scotia’s forestry industry. 

 PHYSICAL HAZARDS
Does your work involve:
• Rough, uneven, unstable, slippery or
   elevated work surfaces or areas?
• Working alone?
• Machinery with moving parts?
• Getting in and out of elevated cabs or
   seats?
• Compressed air and hydraulic equipment?
• Working on or operating loaders?
• Driving in extreme weather or on uneven
   terrain?
• Roadside adjustments or repair to vehicle?
• Moving and coupling heavy equipment?
• Exposure to the hazards of other work sites?
• Securing awkward and unstable loads?
 PREVENTION:
• Understand and follow industry codes of
   practice
• Assess areas for stability
• Set up a communication system
• Provide slip-resistant floor surfaces
• Proper maintenance and guarding of
   equipment
• Proper handling of materials and tools
• Proper personal protective equiment (PPE)
   and proper work clothing
ERGONOMIC HAZARDS
Does your work involve:
• Repetitive work motions?
• Forceful motions of the back, shoulders,
   arms and hands?
• Awkward working positions?
• Equipment/tools that vibrate?
• Uneven/unstable work areas?
• Long periods of standing or sitting?
• Heavy and awkward loads to lift and
   transfer?
 PREVENTION:
• Understand and follow safe work practices
• Training, safe work practice and PPE
• Proper maintenance of tools and equipment
• Hazard assessment process for work areas
   and tasks
• When lifting and moving heavy objects, keep
   load between shoulders and knees
• Involve workers in the design of safe work
   processes
 ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS
Does your work involve exposure to:
• High noise levels?
• Temperature extremes?
• Wet environments?
• Chemicals or toxic fumes?
• Biting insects, rodents or wildlife?
• Breathing and lung irritants?
• Working around unstable objects?
• Skin irritations?
 PREVENTION:
• PPE for eyes, ears and head
• Safe work practice and dress for extreme
   outdoor conditions, including presence of
   biting insects and animals
• Rest periods in comfortable areas
• Water supply for drinking and washing
• Toilet facilities
• Adequate airflow