B.C. loggers stake hope on corporate killing law

Forestry's risk-taking mindset must change
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/20/2006

With deaths in British Columbia’s forestry industry last year more than doubling those of 2004, calls are growing for charges to be laid under Bill C-45, also known as the corporate killing law.

Tree faller Bob Strang died last month when he was struck by a snag while cutting timber at Marble River on Vancouver Island. His death, the 43rd last year, occurred just days after some 100 forestry industry representatives, including chief executive officers, union leaders and regulators, gathered in Vancouver for a one-day summit to decry the death toll in the log harvesting industry.

Strang’s death also prompted the province’s coroner to announce he will review the circumstances around a number of incidents.