The forest industry experiences some of the highest fatality rates among the industrial sectors in Canada. Many injuries and fatalities result from workers being struck by a piece of equipment or by an object being moved by heavy machinery. Typically, lack of visibility and lack of proximity awareness are factors associated with these events. Previous studies confirm this, and have identified two major causes of heavy equipment–related fatalities: blind spots (55%) and obstructions (25%). The nature of forest industry sites often requires ground workers and heavy equipment to operate in close proximity, especially in the limited spaces associated with steep slope forest operations. FPInnovations’ researchers tested a proximity detection and alert technologies (PDAT) system under typical working conditions at a sawmill in northern British Columbia and findings could potentially be applicable to steep slope forest operations. An Info Note is now available to FPInnovations’ members describing the details and findings.
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