OFSWAOntario Forestry Safe Workplace Association
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"Up to 50 per cent of lost time injuries in tree planting are strain and sprain injuries," says John Levesque, an OFSWA program developer, "but also over-exertion and repetitive motion from bending down."
OFSWA statistics show musculoskeletal injuries--also known as sprains and strains--accounting for almost half of all lost-time injury claims in all forestry sectors in 2004, with 48 per cent occurring in silviculture and other forestry services.
OFSWA's consultant trainee, Gary Dickie, recommended the forest land staff for the award.
The award was presented to the company that showed continuous health and safety improvements, according to OFSWA program developer-communication John Levesque.
As a result, the company won the provincial OFSWA Safety Award in their category for 2002, and the 2002 Canadian Woodlands Forum Award for the most outstanding logging contractor in central Canada.
To mark the occasion, the mill's 200 workers were presented with an award from the Ontario Forestry Safe Workplace Association (OFSWA) recently.