Injury prevention in dangerous industries: Does certification have an impact on tree-faller injuries?

Project number: 
09-C02
Approval date: 
Monday, December 14, 2009
Principal Investigator: 
Koehoorn,Mieke
Institution: 
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Funding Agency: 
WorkSafeBC
Datasets requested: 
WorkSafe BC Claims Files and Firm Level Data
Research objective: 

Manual tree-fallers have the highest overall injury rate and highest serious injury rate (amputations, fractures, fatalities) of all occupations in British Columbia (BC). As of 2002, tree-fallers working in BC could participate in a certification program (similar to a graduated licensing program), that includes 30 days of classroom training and supervised field training involving chainsaw operation, falling and bucking; followed by up to 180 days of on-the-job training. Certification became mandatory in 2006. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of worker certification on the risk of injury in tree fallers in BC.

Publications: 

Journal Publication

  • McLeod C, Sarkany D, Davies H, Lyons K, Koehoorn M. Prevention in dangerous industries: does safety certification prevent tree-faller injuries? Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health. 2015 Sep 1;41(5):478-85. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26244646

Academic thesis or dissertation

Presentation of research material (poster/seminar/lecture etc.)

  • Sarkany D, McLeod C, Davies H, Lyons K, Koehoorn M. Risk of work injury before and after safe work practice certification for manual tree fallers in British Columbia, Canada. International Commission on Occupational Health Congress 2012. Cancun, Mexico: March 18-23, 2012. http://pwhr.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2012/04/Faller-poster-ICOH-2012.pdf
  • McLeod C, Sarkany D, Koehoorn M, Davies H, Lyons K. Evaluating OHS Interventions: The Case Study of BC’s Faller Certification Program. BC Forest Safety Council. Nanaimo, BC; Nov. 24, 2011. http://pwhr.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2012/04/BC-Forest-Safety-Council-Pres...
  • Koehoorn M, Sarkany D. Evaluating OHS interventions: The case study of BC’s Faller Certification Program. WorkSafeBC Research Day. Richmond, BC, 10 March 2011.

Conference abstract/presentation

  • Sarkany D, McLeod C, Davies H, Lyons K, Koehoorn M. The risk of injury before and after safe work practice certification for manual tree fallers. 23rd Annual UW/UBC/SFU Occupational and Environmental Health Conference. Semiahmoo, Washington, USA, 7 January 2011.
  • Sarkany D, McLeod C, Davies HW, Lyons KC, Koehoorn M. Injury rates and the British Columbia faller training standard. Northwest Occupational Health Conference. Portland, OR, 13-15 October 2010. (Selected as one of top-three submissions).

Report

  • McLeod C, Koehoorn M, Sarkany D, Lyons K, Demers P. Injury prevention in dangerous industries: Does certification have an impact on tree-faller injuries? Research report (peer reviewed) submitted to WorkSafeBC. October 2013, Report# RS2009-OG17.

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