Trucking Safety Council of BC - May 2012 Newsletter


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The Trucking Safety Council of BC was created to address the high personal and economic costs of work-related injury and death in the trucking industry. The TSCBC is a not-for-profit organization that works with management, employees and owner/operators in the B.C. trucking industry to strengthen safety performance and reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

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Trucking Safety Council of BC - May 2012 Newsletter

  1. 1. Vol 3 Issue 5 TRUCKING SAFETY COUNCIL OF BC Newsletter May, 2012 This month’sDay of Mourning safety topic: Health & SafetyBy Leasa Hachey CommitteesL ast year, 142 workers in British Columbia never made it home at the end of the day. They died of illness and injury resulting from their jobs. The second highest industry for workplace fatali- ties was transportation-related services, in which 24 workers lost their lives. All of these deaths were preventable. “These aren’t numbers and statistics — these are real human be- ings with families and friends who love them and who suffer greatly for their loss,” said George Morfitt, chairman of WorkSafeBC’s board of directors. Saturday, April 28, marked the National Day of Mourning, a day to commemorate workers who were killed, injured or suffered an illness because of their job. A ceremony was held on Friday, April 27 in Vancouver at Jack Poole Plaza and included presentations by representatives from WorkSafeBC, the B.C. Federation of Labour and the Business Council of B.C., as well as those personally affected by workplace fatalities and injuries. To mark the solemn occasion the Olympic Cauldron was lit and words were spoken from behind a wreath- laden podium. Jim Sinclair, a leading critic of the province’s record on workplacesafety, remarked on the over 100,000 workers who were injured in B.C.last year, calling for more prosecutors to follow through when policerecommend charges against employers who put workers in danger. Roses are left at the base of plaques commemorating those who lost their lives “It’s so clear that this isn’t about an individual. This is about a col- in workplace incidents in 2011, many of them in the transportation industry.lective responsibility, and about the pain that we all feel when we losesomebody that we care about,” Sinclair said. Rose Lachnit described the “completely stupid and unnecessary” death seven years ago of her only son in a Surrey condominium construction project. While on the job, 19-year-old Nicholas Lachnit fell three floors and suffered catastrophic brain injuries. The building contractor, who was later handed a small fine, hadn’t erected proper “My biggest fear,” said Lachnit, “is my son died in vain.” Following the speakers and a moment of silent remembrance, the crowd of over 300 people walked in silence, laying single long-stemmed red roses below the glass plaques along WorkSafeBC’s Line of Work, symbols of remembrance for those lost or injured on the job. Other Day of Mourning ceremonies were held all over the prov- ince. Messages of condolence for the families of fallen workers can be posted online at Get real-time trucking and safety news! New Safety What is a safety Like us on Video committee? Facebook Released and follow Page 2 Page 4 us on safetydriven Twitter! SafetyDrivenBC
  2. 2. Manual Handling Videos Three New Videos Now Available The manual handling of objects and loads is a major source of overexertion and injuries in the trucking industry. These inju- ries cost the industry a significant amount of money each year. Stay tuned for the release of our In an effort to help engage workers in proper manual han- final two videos in the series. dling techniques and reduce the risk of injuries, we have created a series of six instructional videos specific for the transportation industry that will focus on moving and lifting safely. Our second, third and fourth videos in the series have now been released. Created with support from the Association of Canadian Ergonomists ( and funded by Chiropractic British Columbia (, these vid- eos are an important supplement to the training employers must provide their workers to help reduce the risk of muscu- loskeletal injuries. The videos provide practical information on how to safely lift, carry, push and pull loads using the best and safest handling methods for the conditions. The videos are available on our YouTube channel at (click the photo to watch the first one). They can also be provided on DVD if needed. For more information on the video series or to request a DVD by mail, please contact us at In the news..... http://www.theprov- ing+safety+video+ge ts+chiropractic+grou p+backing/6356243/ story.html Click on a page to read Down+earth+idea+winner/6434380/story.html ing-industry-launches-moving-and-lifting-safety-campaign2 | Volume 3 Issue 5 | May 2012
  3. 3. The Road to COR Simplified TRUCKING SAFETY STAFF Visit our website for more in- COUNCIL OF BC TRUCKING SAFETY COUNCIL OF BC John McMahon, Executive Director formation on this issue’s topic: 210 – 20111 93A Avenue Langley, BC V1M 4A9 www.safetydriven.caABOUT US Fax: 604.888.2243 Email: Leasa Hachey,The Trucking Safety Council of BC was creat- Trucking Safety Council of BC Manager, Communications & Marketinged to address the high personal and economic 210 - 20111 93A Avenue leasa@safetydriven.cacosts of work-related injury and death in the Langley, BC V1M 4A9trucking industry. The TSCBC is a not-for-prof- Andrew Chan, Manager, CORit organization that works with management, Tel: 604-888-2242 andrew@safetydriven.caemployees and owner/operators in the B.C. Toll Free: 1-877-414-8001trucking industry to strengthen safety perfor- Fax: 604-888-2243 Earl Galavan, Manager, OHS Programsmance and reduce the number and severity info@safetydriven.caof workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities. | Volume 3 Issue 5 | May 2012 3
  4. 4. What is a Safety Committee? By Earl Galavan If you have ever been nominated to sit on a safety committee, you likely asked the question, “What would I have to do?” All Safety Meetings too often the activities of the safety committee are described as, “Meet once a month and talk about safety.” But in order to be truly effective, the committee should be doing much more With everything you have been doing up to this point there than just talk. will have been documents and reports created. During the meeting the committee should review all accident Every worker in B.C. has the legal right to participate in investigations and first aid reports since the last meeting. workplace safety. As a member of the safety committee you This allows all members of the committee to see what has are exercising that right. The employer gets the benefit of happened in other areas of the operation. your knowledge and experience to help detect and control workplace hazards and you get input into workable safety solutions. That is a win-win situation and a safety committee that works with management can be a key element in the workplace safety management system. As a committee member you will be a contact person for other workers who have concerns. When someone talks to you about a problem, you must assess the risk it poses. If you decide it is urgent, it must be reported immediately. If not urgent, it could wait for the next meeting. In any case, you help communicate issues coming from the front lines. Regular inspections of the workplace are a requirement and as a committee member you may be asked to be part of the inspection team. The team often has members who are not familiar with all parts of the operation. Encourage questions within the team. A teammate’s new perspective sometimes detects an ongoing problem that experienced members miss. A good technique is to examine the reports for signs of Don’t limit your observations to official inspections; they can “clustering”. Look for groups of accidents in the same area of also be informal and ongoing. the operation or injuries occurring to similar body areas, such as hands or legs. Even a single first aid report could signal When there is a serious incident, regardless of whether or a problem needing further investigation. An alert committee not there are injuries, it is supposed to be investigated. A can provide early identification of a problem before it gets near-miss is a golden opportunity to see what went wrong serious. without having to deal with tragedy. A member of the safety committee who is knowledgeable in the work being done Having the committee review inspection reports ensures should participate in the investigation along with a member they are completed and that the quality of reporting is being of management. The report that results will be signed by all maintained. It is good practice to include these reports on the investigators. agenda as standard items to ensure they do not get bypassed. If there is a refusal to work due to an unsafe condition, All safety committee meetings should be documented by a committee member may be required to investigate the taking minutes. These provide a record of what was discussed, situation if it is not corrected by the supervisor or employer. what recommendations were made and who is responsible for The investigation will be done by the supervisor or employer implementing the recommendations. This lets you check at while the committee member is present. If a resolution future meetings to see how well your recommendations have cannot be reached then WorkSafeBC must be called and been implemented and whether they are having the intended an Occupational Safety Officer will be dispatched. It is the effect. committee member’s responsibility to see that the correct procedure is followed. One of the biggest jobs a committee member will have is to be the person that cares enough to ask questions. Always It is worth noting that work that appears safe in one situation keep in mind that just talking about safety does not mean you may be unsafe in another. A new or untrained worker may are doing safety. While a committee member has a lot more need to refuse to do a job that a trained and experienced to do than just talk, safety will be easy to accomplish with an worker can do quite safely. effective team at the helm.4 | Volume 3 Issue 5 | May 2012
  5. 5. Tools and Resources:Safety Save Money,Simulation Get COR!Contrary to popular belief, the chance of a truck driver being UPCOMING COR TRAININGinjured on the job is a lot more likely to happen by gettingin and out of the cab or trailer, or in climbing on or tarping aload, than as a result of a collision. Senior Management/ June 26 Owner 1pm - 4:30pmUse these fun simulations on our website to learn the sci-ence behind safety and to reinforce safe procedures in yourworkplace. Health & Safety June 27 & 28 Management 9am - Return to Work June 29 9am - 4:30pm Register Today! COR is an initiative that rec- ognizes and rewards em- ployers who develop and apply sustainable occupa- Simulations courtesy of tional health and safety pro- TIRES grams that meet or exceed the applicable legal require- ments and health and safety regulations. Following verification by a TSCBC audit, companies will receive up to a 15% rebate on their WorkSafeBC premiums in each year they qualify. Visit our website for more info! | Volume 3 Issue 5 | May 2012 5
  6. 6. AGM 2012 John Horn, Associate Director of Career Conference guests were enthusiastic about Services at UBC, spoke about generational what they learned from the speakers. One and cultural differences and challenges in conference participant noted, “I found that the S H I F T I N G AT T I T U D E S the workplace. Horn identified the differences information provided and the knowledge of between workforce generations and cultures the speakers was extremely interesting andgaging People and Driving Safety in the Workplace and gave tips on how to achieve the best useful.” Another said, "It was very interesting safety outcomes from each. to hear how a large company like FortisBC L ast month the TSCBC held its Annual manages their safety. It was also interesting General Meeting and Safety Conference Keynote speaker and award-winning em- to learn about communicating and what is in Coquitlam with a great turnout from ployee engagement communicator Ryan important to impart to employees." company representatives within the trucking Williams captivated the audience with his and transportation industry, as well as repre- presentation on successful safety leadership If you have any suggestions for topics or sentatives from governmental and non-gov- in the workplace and how management can ideas for our next annual safety conference, ernmental organizations. lead by example. Williams explained how please let us know by sending us an email to to engage employees in changing their own In keeping with the theme “Shifting Attitudes: safety habits, and showed how managers Engaging People and Driving Safety in the can create and contribute to an environment Workplace”, the conference featured guest that makes employees feel passionate about speakers who lectured on topics relevant to safety and committed to their companys engaging employees in health and safety pro- safety objectives. grams and policies in the workplace. Two break-out sessions followed the keynote, Niall Berry, OHS and Corporate Security including an introduction to the COR program Manager at FortisBC, demonstrated how a for the small employer. WorkSafeBC Occupa- company of more than 2000 employees man- tional Safety Officers Mike Tasker and Darren ages its diverse safety program needs. Berry Beattie delivered an animated discussion sur- gave an overview of the safety programs, rounding supervisor safety, including subjects systems and communications programs that such as safety requirements, due dilligence are in place and working for FortisBC. and effective supervision in trucking. L KS TA Safety Humour TY A FE S Safety Talks, also known as Tailgate Meetings, Toolbox Talks and Safety Chats, are brief talks (about 5-10 minutes) or meetings about specif- ic safety topics that can highlight hazards and remind workers of the importance of working safely. Safety Talks are a great mini-training exercise to foster discussion between workers and supervi- sors and are designed to encourage workers to raise safety concerns and make comments. Safety Talks for various topics are available for download from our website and can be modified by individual workplaces. 6 | Volume 3 Issue 5 | May 2012
  7. 7. SafetyPostersOur posters are another way to communi-cate your safety messages at your work-place. They are available on our website(click on the photos on this page or go tothe link at the bottom) and can be down-loaded and printed in your office or takento a commercial printer. A limited supply oflarge, glossy printed posters are also avail-able for pickup from the TSCBC offices.Hang these posters in high visibility, hightraffic locations so they are seen by allstaff. They can also be used as discussionpoints at future safety meetings.If you have suggestions or requests forfuture posters, please contact us. SAFETY POSTER TOPICS: •  Fatigue •  Hazards •  Know Your Rights •  Safety Communication •  Workplace Violence •  Lifting & Carrying •  Working Alone Let us know Contact us today and let us know what you think about the services and resources we offer or what priorities you think we should focus on. how we’re We are here for the trucking industry and want to focus our efforts on topics that matter to you. doing! Send us an email to or use our contact form on our website: | Volume 3 Issue 5 | May 2012 7
  8. 8. Have you visited our website yet? To learn more about the Council and our programs, visit our website: We are constantly adding information and resources to the Trucking Safety Council website. Please check back often to see what new and interesting con- tent we have added! Interactive Hazard Identification The best thing you can do to prevent injuries on the job is to stay alert and look out for hazards that could cause injuries. Sometimes this can be hard to do, especially if you are used to doing a certain job and everything you see in your work environment becomes second nature. This tool is meant to remind you that every day there are hazards that need to be avoided or fixed. Have a look at the workplace pictures and try to see if you can find all of the hazards. Safety Alerts and Bulletins These WorkSafeBC posters provide important safety messages for you and your workers. At the time each poster was originally produced, it reflected the current WorkSafeBC requirements. In all cases, today’s OHS Regulation and require- ments must be applied to the situation shown in each poster. Forms and Templates Various forms and templates are provided to assist companies with the implementation of safety policies and procedures and in meeting regulatory requirements and TSCBC Certificate of Recognition audit standards. The templates are ge- neric in nature and should be reviewed and modified to ensure they address the specific operating conditions and risks of the company. More are added weekly. SUBSCRIBE Ne TO THIS NEWSLETTER to x pi t m c. on To subscribe to this newsletter visit .. th ’s or simply send an email with “sub- scribe” in the subject line to info@ Su sa pe fe & rv ty Let us know if you’d prefer your Sa is newsletter faxed or mailed. fe ors ty8 | Volume 3 Issue 5 | May 2012