Special coroner to be appointed for forestry inquests

B.C. government hopes coroner and new safety standards reduce the number of forest fatalities
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/13/2006

A special forest safety coroner will investigate British Columbia’s high number of forestry workers’ deaths in hopes of reducing the number of fatalities in the province’s forests, announced the B.C. Forests Minister this week.

The coroner will hold inquests into the deaths of some of the 43 forest workers who died on the job last year — more than twice the number who died in 2004.

Forests Minister Rich Coleman said the coroner and a new provincial safety officer, who will work with the senior manager for safety in the B.C. Timber Sales program, will work to determine why so many forestry workers are dying and investigate ways to bring this number down.