Aug. 8: Forestry Ombudsman Releases Report on Tree Planters

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The BC Forest Safety Ombudsman’s report on a group of tree planters found in unsafe and substandard working conditions at a camp last July says that issues related to campsite notification, enforcement, contract qualification, training and the competitive tendering process all contributed to the situation. The report’s13 recommendations include:

  • Review of the current notification requirements for camp operators
  • Establishment of a contract qualification process for silviculture contractors
  • Creation of a professional standards code for the membership of the Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association
  • Development of a practical shared delegated authority model for in-field inspections.