Forestry deaths blamed on downloading

B.C. coroner’s jury recommends changes to heath and safety, workers’ compensation laws
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/01/2006

Ted Gramlich, 52, had 30 years of experience as a tree faller when, last November, he made a fatal decision. A tree he was cutting while on an 89-per-cent slope near Nanaimo, B.C., didn’t fall all the way. He tried to push it over by felling a second tree, but it only tipped over and leaned on the first one.

Counter to safety standards, Gramlich went back to the first tree and tried to saw off the wood at the bottom that kept the tree up. The tree lurched, pinching his saw bar. With his spare saw sitting in the truck, a 40 minutes’ walk away, he decided to keep chopping the first tree with an axe.

It fell, freeing the leaning tree, which came down on Gramlich. He died from his injuries.