Log Vessel Fall Protection

safety-innovationWestern Stevedoring, Tidal Transport, the BC Marine Employers Association (BCMEA) and the ILWU co-developed an industry-leading Log Vessel Fall Protection Program to reduce the safety hazards of loading logs to vessels, which is complex and high risk.

The loading of log vessel loading is one of the most high risk and dynamic stevedoring operations. Reducing the risk of workers falling from height was a complex puzzle to solve.

In conjunction with Tidal Transport, the BMCEA and the ILWU, Western Stevedoring has developed a successful Log Vessel Fall Protection Program, which includes an operation-specific training program and certification.

The Program employs a purpose-built trailer designed to simulate the working environment of a log ship in a controlled manner, as well as an extensive training curriculum co-developed with the Fall Protection Group.

Learn more about the training program developed by Western Stevedoring, Tidal Transport, BCMEA, and ILWU

Automatic Release Log Heads

Western Stevedoring and Tidal Transport worked together to implement a program using automatic-release log heads for our log loading operations, resulting in a significant improvement in worker safety.

The previous operation required workers to be in the hold of the vessel, so they could manually disconnect the log slings from the head workers. The new design automatically releases one end of the slings, allowing them to be removed without workers being in the vessel hold.

Operational safety has been improved by reducing the risk of injury to workers walking on the log stows in the hold and exposed to moving slings.

Western Stevedoring and Tidal Transport use Automatic Release Log Heads for all log vessel loading in British Columbia.