Worker safety for tree planters
With the 2021 wildfire season finally coming to an end and seasonal weather conditions slowly returning, many forest land managers are looking ahead to tree planting season.
Tree planting is a very physically demanding activity and reducing the potential for injury or disease is paramount.
Worksafe BC offers a number of resources for forest managers charged with tree planting crew supervision, including links to health and safety information and resources for work in tree planting and other silviculture. Additional information and resources are available from the BC Forest Safety Council.
Did you know that WorkSafeBC considers physiotherapists to be an important part of an injury management team? Workers who are injured at work can go directly to a physiotherapist for an Initial Assessment without being referred by a doctor first, as long as the worker has a claim number. For information on how to get a claim number and for more details about physiotherapy for tree planters, visit https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/information-sheets/physiotherapy-tree-planters-faq?lang=en
- Every Minute Counts: Emergency Response Planning in Forestry (WorkSafeBC) – https://www.worksafebc.com/resources/health-safety/videos/every-minute-counts-emergency-response-planning-in-forestry?lang=en
- Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries in Silviculture (WorkSafeBC) – https://www.worksafebc.com/resources/health-safety/information-sheets/preventing-musculoskeletal-injury-in-silviculture/preventing-musculoskeletal-injuries-in-silviculture-worker?lang=en
- Silviculture Safety Resources (BC Forest Safety) – https://www.bcforestsafe.org/resource/silviculture-safety-resources/