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Caulk boot versus non-caulk hiking boot: a test of traction on forest ground surfaces

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub3388
Author
Nishio, Grant
Date
October 2015
Edition
40059
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Nishio, Grant
Date
October 2015
Edition
40059
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
12 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Forestry
Subject
Safety
Steep slopes
Site preparation
Silviculture
Tree planters
Injuries
FPI TR
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2015 n.27
Language
English
Abstract
There is uncertainty regarding the effectiveness of using caulk boots vs. non-caulk hiking boots in silviculture work in the interior of British Columbia. WorkSafeBC regulation 8.23, states “caulked or other equally effective footwear must be worn by workers who are required to walk on logs, poles, pilings or other round timbers”, but does not specifically require caulk boots to be worn on steep slopes. Caulk boots are used almost exclusively by silviculture workers in coastal B.C. but are not commonly used in interior B.C. even though there are many situations where they may provide superior traction. Instead, workers in interior B.C. have a preference for non-caulk hiking boots. Workers will often select their boots based on personal preference rather than on information about the boot’s traction performance. Additional information regarding the differences in the traction of caulk boots and non-caulk hiking boots on various forest ground surfaces would help most workers make better-informed choices. Understanding the differences in traction is one of the most important factors when selecting a work boot in any situation and is especially true in the hazardous ground conditions of forest workers. For this reason, FPInnovations constructed a testing apparatus designed to measure and compare the static coefficient of friction of caulk boots and non-caulk hiking boots on four common types of ground cover surfaces in B.C. forests.
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Chip trailer auto-tarping-observations on two prototype systems - Part 1

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub49485
Author
Shetty, Mithun
Date
July 2017
Material Type
research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Shetty, Mithun
Date
July 2017
Material Type
research report
Physical Description
2 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Transportation Infrastructure
Subject
Injuries
Trailers
Safety
Prototypes
Series Number
InfoNote ; 2017 n.28
Language
English
Abstract
Auto tarping system has the potential to reduce tarping-related injuries. Therefore, in cooperation with the BC Bulk Haulers Injury Elimination Task Force, FPInnovations reviewed two prototype auto-tarping systems that will work on flow-through type B-trains. Initial observations for these systems were documented in this Info Note
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Injury reduction and performance enhancements in tree planters: productivity and quality analysis

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub40626
Author
Stjernberg, Ernst
Date
April 2003
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Stjernberg, Ernst
Date
April 2003
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
16 p
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Forestry
Subject
Trees
Plantations
Reduction
Quality control
Qualitative analysis
Productivity
Performance
Injuries
Advantage
Series Number
Advantage ; Vol. 4, No. 11
Language
English
Abstract
The Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada (FERIC) participated in a study involving injury reduction and performance enhancement for tree planters. The tree planters were assigned one of three treatments: consuming a placebo drink supplement, consuming an electrolyte carbohydrate beverage as a drink supplement, or following a physical training regimen for eight weeks prior to the planting season. FERIC determined the productivity and the quality of planting for planters working in the different treatment groups, and also determined if other factors, including experience, gender, time of day, and terrain conditions, influenced the results.
Tree planters
Productivity
Injury reduction
Performance enhancement
Quality
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Literature review of load securement technologies and practices to reduce or eliminate injuries

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub8369
Author
Shetty, Mithun
Date
August 2021
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Literature Review of Load Securement Technologies and Practices to Reduce or Eliminate Injuries
Author
Shetty, Mithun
Date
August 2021
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
26 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Forestry
Subject
Logging trucks
Injuries
FOP Technical Report
FPI TR
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2021 n.84
Language
English
Abstract
The motion of throwing and securing log load wrappers can cause a great amount of stress on drivers’ shoulders and overexertion-related musculoskeletal injuries are quite common among log truck operators. Sections 4.46 to 4.53 of BC’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulations outline the requirements for taking steps to prevent musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace. FPInnovations, in collaboration with the Load Securement Working Group (a subcommittee of the Log Truck Technical Advisory Committee that focuses on initiatives that reduce the risk of injuries to log truck operators), has conducted a literature review and surveyed contractors for ideas on how to reduce or eliminate the risk of injury. The result being simple to complex solutions being investigated that had the potential to reduce or eliminate the injuries related to throwing wrappers. The most promising solutions were shortlisted and will be investigated in further detail as part of project phases 2 and 3.
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The risk of slips, trips, and falls for tree planters on steep slopes with slash

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub42950
Author
Nishio, Grant
Date
November 2013
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
with slash Keywords Keywords: Steep slopes, Mechanical site preparation (MSP), Tree planters, Injuries
Author
Nishio, Grant
Date
November 2013
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
8 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Forestry
Subject
Steep slopes
Site preparation
Tree planters
Injuries
Slash
Advantage
Series Number
Advantage ; Vol. 14, No. 4
Language
English
ISSN
14933381
Abstract
FPInnovations completed a study that investigated the slope limits of mechanical site preparation (MSP) and steep slope - related injury risk for tree planters on 35-50% slopes near Princeton, B.C. and 54 - 80% slopes near Chilliwack, B.C. Slope and GPS data were collected for tracked disc-trenching and excavator mounding equipment on moderate slopes. Planter productivity, slope, and other site data were collected for track disc-trenchcing and excavator mounding equipment on moderate slopes. Planter productivity, slope and other side data were collected on both moderate and steep slopes with slash. The excavator and disc-trenchers worked on all the ground they could effectively cover and their movements were recorded with GPS tracking. Slope and GPS data confirmed tha tthe operational capabilities of the MSP equipment corresponded with WorkSafeBC steep slope guidelines. The trial data analyses indicated tree planters experienced a higher frequency of slips, trips, and falls due to slash-related obstracles on slopes greater than 50%.
Steep slopes
SITE PREPARATION
Tree planters
INJURIES
SLASH
Tethering
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Strip thinning high density pine regeneration

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub40150
Author
Nishio, Grant
Date
May 2015
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Nishio, Grant
Date
May 2015
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
17 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Forestry
Subject
Safety
Steep slopes
Site preparation
Silviculture
Tree planters
Injuries
FPI TR
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2015 n.26
Language
English
Abstract
FPInnovations conducted a study of pre-commercial strip thinning treatments in a very high density, naturally regenerated (age class 1) lodgepole pine stand. Semi-mechanized treatments combined mechanized strip-mulching and motor-manual thinning. Both, semi-mechanized and fully mechanized treatments were less costly than conventional motor-manual thinning. Semi-mechanized treatments preserved enough trees to meet post-thinning density objectives. Fully mechanized treatments produced tree densities above provincial minimum stocking standard densities, but below target spacing densities. Even though sufficient trees were preserved, it is unclear whether fully mechanized treatments will be able to meet the long-term stocking objectives.
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