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Survey shows many in B.C. are unaware of yard hazards
BC Hydro offers tips to help stay safe
As the weather warms up, British Columbians are spending more time outside doing yard work like trimming trees, but a recent survey* commissioned by BC Hydro found that nearly three quarters of British Columbians do not know the safe distance they should maintain between their equipment and the power line, and almost half were unaware that branches touching electrical lines can conduct electricity.
“Public safety is a responsibility we take very seriously at BC Hydro and we make every effort to educate the public about the hazards associated with electricity,” said Hugo Shaw, BC Hydro’s senior vice president of safety, security and emergency management. “We want to remind the public that contact with a power line can cause severe injury or even death. To stay safe, a property owner and their equipment should be at least 3 metres – about a car length – from a power line at all times.”
Keeping vegetation clear of power lines is an important step in staying safe, but BC Hydro’s research showed that 41 per cent were not aware that it was the property owner’s responsibility to keep vegetation on their property clear of power lines. BC Hydro reminds property owners that if any part of the tree or hedge is within three metres of a power line, call 1 800 BCHYDRO and a representative will assess the conditions and recommend an approach.
BC Hydro offers the following tips to help the public stay safe around power lines:
Locate the line. Look around and locate the power lines before beginning any work outdoors. Trees can conduct electricity, which means branches that touch power lines can make the tree a safety hazard.
Stay back. Always maintain a safe distance from power lines: stay back at least three metres. That is about the length of a standard four-door car.
Be aware of the arc. Electricity can "arc" or jump from power lines across a gap to tools or ladders.
Call before you dig. About 12 per cent of power lines are underground. Be aware of underground power lines, gas lines and other utilities to stay safe. To find out what is buried and where not to dig, call 1-800-474-6886.
For more information on how to stay safe around electricity, visit bchydro.com/besafe.
May 23, 2017 - 2 days ago
"Women Working on the Forest Harvesting Indusrty"
Come join us This Friday May 5th and Saturday May 6th in Vernon , BC for the Interior Logging Association 59th Annual Conference & Trade Show.
See Jeff and Shantal from our office.
Comeplete details in llink below.
May 4, 2017 - 20 days ago
May 4, 2017 - 20 days ago
Reduced working forest, not log exports is killing forestry jobs
It’s election time and as if on cue that old populist punching bag issue, BC’s log exports, has been pulled out to rally the masses. Unfortunately, many of the statements being made about log exports and jobs are misinformed.
“While the forest industry may have lost 30,000 jobs in the last 15 years, it is definitely not because of log exports,” explained David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “It is because the working forest has shrunk dramatically in that time.”
In the Interior, it is well known that the mountain pine beetle ravaged our forests and there is now a timber supply shortage. There aren’t enough full grown trees to support the Interior mills and so mills have and will continue to close. We’ve know this was coming for 20 years. It’s not a surprise.
On the coast, the size of the working forest has fallen by a third—from a high of 24.5 million cubic metres in 1985 to 16.5 million cubic metres today. This 33% reduction took place slowly as British Columbians worked to find a balance between environmental protection and a healthy forest industry. If you reduce the working forest by a third, it’s going to impact jobs.
“Simply put, it is wrong to say that mills have closed wholly as a result of log exports. Our sawmills and pulp mills have closed because we’re harvesting a lot less trees than we used to,” said Elstone. “Any industry is affected by many variables. Markets and lack of certainty on the land base have also affected BC’s forest industry.”
For more information about log exports and their impacts, read our document, “Log Exports: Your Questions Answered.”
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents 480 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating on the coast of British Columbia. Our membership supports thousands of workers and, along with other independent contractors, accounts for close to 90 per cent of the trees harvested on the coast. The TLA promotes a thriving, sustainable coastal forest industry in BC.
May 3, 2017 - 22 days ago
TransLink is rolled out 26 new hybrid diesel-electric articulated buses in the month of April, with the first batch that arrived in time for Earth Day. These New Flyer XDE60 buses will be based at the Burnaby Transit Centre and serve nearby B-Lines as well as other high-occupancy routes. The buses are replacing diesel models that went into service 17 years ago.
These hybrid buses use 17% less fuel than equivalent diesel-powered models, and join 21 hybrid articulated buses added to the fleet in May 2016. With the new additions, TransLink will now have 252 hybrid buses in service in Metro Vancouver in addition to 262 zero-emission trolley buses.
TransLink strives to be a leader in environmentally responsible transportation:
In 2015, we received Platinum status for sustainability from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), a first for a Canadian transportation agency.
Hamilton Transit Centre, which opened September 2016, is LEED Silver certified thanks to features including LED lighting, radiant in-floor heating, waste water treatment, and a heat-reflective roof.
Our bus wash system uses reclaimed water for the majority of the wash cycle. Fresh water is only used for the final rinse, reducing water used by ~75%.
We have been upgrading our facilities by converting to LED lighting and doing mechanical/control retrofits to make them more energy efficient.
Apr 25, 2017 - one month ago
Jeff Watson will be attending The 48th Annual BC Road Builders Ivan Hanchard Charity Golf Tournament.
This Friday April 28th at Northview Golf & Country Club, Surrey BC
This fun networking event raises money for two excellent causes:
The BC Children’s Hospital and the Betty Spalton Scholarship Fund..
Apr 24, 2017 - one month ago
Inland has moved its Prince George dealership into their new 100,000-square-foot facility located at the south end of town, on Highway 97. The new building, located at 7337 Boundary Avenue, sits on 12 acres and is complete with the latest state-of-the-art equipment to service both truck and equipment.
“The challenge in the design for Prince George was that we wanted to accommodate both truck and equipment customers, without having multiple entrances – potentially confusing the customer,” said Boyd McConnachie, Vice President of Business Development. “After months of field input, reworking the layout and many back and forth meetings, the design was finalized and the building turned out fantastic. We could not be happier with the final product as it achieves both efficient customer service flow, as well as a unified staff atmosphere.”
Cutting-edge features for the new facility include: 32 service bays, 27,000 square feet of parts inventory warehousing, an explosion-proof LNG bay, a 25-ton equipment bay crane with 20-foot hook height, a drive-thru down draft paint booth, frame straightening and alignment bays with the latest technology and on-site flywheel resurfacing.
Sustainable building features include energy-efficient LED lighting, super insulated building structures, in-floor perimeter heating, and daylight overhead doors among many others.
The customer lounge features ample plush seating, large screen television, WiFi, workstations and an outdoor seating area.
Rick Bruneski is the General Manager for the Prince George dealership that employs over 100 people in the area.
“I speak for my management team and employees who are proud to work for Inland and in a facility built with ownership hands-on guidance and their continued commitment to reinvest in the company and the communities they serve,” said Bruneski.
To celebrate the new facility, Inland will be hosting a grand opening event on May 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The large-scale event will include food, games and vendor giveaways.
Inland’s Prince George location is open seven days a week with service hours between 7 a.m. to midnight on Monday to Friday and 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The phone number is 250-562-8171.
For over 65 years, Inland has served the British Columbia heavy truck and equipment industry. They are a dealer for Kenworth, Tigercat, Link-Belt and Case Construction products.
Apr 19, 2017 - one month ago
April typically marks the beginning of digging season, and of course, the start of National Safe Digging Month. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is dedicated to the safety of all diggers in the field, and encourages all workers to take proper safety precautions.
The April National Safe Digging Month is an initiative created by the Common Ground Alliance (GCA) to spread awareness and promote the safety of the digging industry. This initiative works to promote an overall focus on the safety of our land workers, and to remind diggers to take safety precautions prior to digging. GCA wants to remind diggers that it is imperative that they call 811 prior to digging underground.
The 811 phone line was created to ensure workers and diggers can perform their jobs in a safe manner and avoid all buried utility lines. The 811 is free of cost, and will send a professional out to mark where utility lines are located near the dig site.
According to GCA, there are over 100 billion feet of underground utility lines that provide electricity, gas, and water to communities across the country. Hitting one could be costly and dangerous, and even result in fines and repair costs. Every six minutes, a utility line is hit or damaged.
“Safety is a major focus for AEM and CGA, and National Safe Digging Month aligns perfectly with our safety goals. Simple safety precautions, like calling 811, can save lives and help prevent utility line damage,” stated William “Bernie” Bernhard, AEM technical and safety services manager
Diggers should call the free 811 line 72 hours prior to digging for all digging purposes. This includes any fieldwork regarding digging, or even digging out a pool or planting a tree. Utility lines vary in depth, and many are closer to the surface than expected.
AEM also offers a vast collection of manufacturer-developed safety manuals, videos, and training materials. Visit www.safetymaterials.org for more information.
Apr 12, 2017 - one month ago
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – British Columbia (ACEC-BC) will celebrate the best of consulting engineering in British Columbia on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the 28th annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala. This premier professional and social event, attended by more than 500 industry leaders, will be held at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.
The evening will celebrate the results of the annual Awards for Engineering Excellence competition for technical innovation in the following categories: Buildings, Municipal & Civil Infrastructure, Transportation & Bridges, Energy & Industry, Natural Resource & Habitat, and Soft Engineering. The most prestigious honor, The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence, will be awarded to the project ACEC-BC believes has excelled the most among all categories.
ACEC-BC will also recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals by presenting the Meritorious Achievement Award and the Young Professional Award. The Meritorious Achievement Award will be received by an individual who has demonstrated significant contributions to engineering, the development of the industry, and the community. The Young Professional Award will recognize an individual in the first 10 years of their career who exhibits outstanding achievement in their field of practice and community leadership.
Outstanding clients of ACEC-BC members will also be recognized in the presentation of the Client of the Year Award. This award promotes and encourages best practices by clients. Nominations are based on criteria that included communication and relationship management, appropriate risk assessment management and allocation, use of fair and balanced contracts and appropriate procurement, and delivery methodology that leads to clear scope.
ACEC-BC members work closely with federal, provincial and municipal governments and agencies, as well as private sector clients to achieve these noteworthy engineering triumphs, and the Awards Gala is an evening to celebrate the hard work that goes into every project across British Columbia.
DATE: Saturday, April 8, 2017
TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The Westin Hotel Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, B.C.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: To arrange an interview with Keith Sashaw, President and CEO, ACEC-BC, discuss the event and the nominees, or to RSVP, please contact:
Keith Sashaw Office: 604-687-2811 or Cell: 778-995-9946 Email: email@example.com
Apr 5, 2017 - one month ago
Maryland Environmental Service is using a Volvo EC300E amphibious excavator to restore Poplar Island, a once diminishing remote island habitat in the Chesapeake Bay, North America.
The specially-modified Volvo EC300E amphibious excavator is able to float on soft terrain.
Situated on the North Eastern Atlantic coastline of the United States, the Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the country. Over the centuries, its bountiful rivers, lush wetlands and thriving forests have formed a complex ecosystem that today encompasses a plethora of habitats, supporting countless species of plants, animals and fish.
However, some of the Bay’s habitats, such as wetlands, remote islands, shorelines and submerged aquatic vegetation, are in dire need of restoration. Islands are particularly at risk; once many in number, few remain to this day due to a variety of natural processes, largely erosion.
Poplar Island, located 55 km (34 mi) south of Baltimore, Maryland, is a prime example. According to a survey taken in 1847, the recorded size was 461 hectares (1,140 acres), but by the 1990s, the land mass was no larger than two hectares (five acres). The complete disappearance of the island seemed imminent.
However, today Poplar Island is a national model of environmental restoration thanks to the Poplar Island Project Team, made up of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District and Maryland Department of Transportation’s Port Administration (MPA). For nearly two decades, the team has used dredged material from the shipping channels that lead to the Port of Baltimore to rebuild Poplar Island and keep the channels open.
In addition to restoring Poplar Island to its 1847 footprint, a 233-hectare (575-acre) expansion is underway. When complete, the total size will be 694 hectares (1,715 acres) – 50% larger than its original size.
CELLING A DREAM
Part of the project involves restoring the island’s natural habitats to preserve the Bay’s rich ecosystem for the future. To do that, MPA has brought on board Maryland Environmental Service (MES), an independent state agency. MES is responsible for constructing two habitats: tidal wetlands and uplands, both of which are in keeping with the surrounding Bay watershed.
“To create the wetlands, the work is divided into manageable areas known as ‘cells’,” says Megan DiFatta, environmental specialist at MES. “There are four steps to building a cell. The first step is to build the dikes and inflow the dredged materials.”
Poplar Island receives between 1.5 to 2.3 million cubic meters (2 to 3 million yd3) of dredged material per year. It has received more than 39 million cubic meters (30 million yd3) to date and will need 88 million cubic meters (68 million yd3) in total.
“The second step is crust management (drying out all dredged material to create a crust on top),” says DiFatta. “The third step is to create tidal flow by excavating channels in the ground before laying down pipes that connect to the Chesapeake Bay. This allows high tide to enter and low tide to recede, which is important as it rehydrates the earth and allows for planting. Once the groundworks are complete, the creation of the habitats will begin. This is step four, and will involve hand-planting 540,000 plug plants per cell. It is estimated that the overall completion date for the project will be 2044.”
Carrying out a heavy-duty project on an island is no easy task, as Brad Fruh, operations manager at MES explains: “A boat is needed every day to transport workers and equipment. Some guys work lengthy shifts, and because most of our work is done in the winter, transportation can be tough.”
When it comes to the construction work itself, the elevation of the wetlands is another challenge. “The Bay and most of the completed cells are only about a meter (3-4 ft) deep, so a lot of the channels that we cut are below sea level,” continues Fruh. “Due to constant water infiltration, a lot of the areas we’re working on remain wet, no matter how much we trench or pump.”
AN IDEA THAT FLOATS
The volume of water is a constant challenge during habitat construction. MES needed machinery that could operate in the cell without sinking into the soft earth. Enter the specially-modified EC300E amphibious excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment.
In 2016, MES purchased a new Volvo EC300E excavator from local Volvo dealership McClung-Logan Equipment Company that was modified to replace the standard crawler tracks with custom flotation pads.
The Volvo EC300E excavator’s standard crawler tracks were replaced with custom flotation pads, enabling it to operate in the cell without sinking.
“The pads are hollow inside, and have wide and thick tracks to dissipate the down pressure, allowing the machines to effectively float on the soft terrain,” says John Mirabile, equipment fleet manager at MES.
Jamie Reid, territory manager for McClung-Logan Equipment, was able to provide a faster, turnkey solution for MES by working directly with a pontoon supplier. “Volvo shipped the EC300E upper-carriage directly to our third-party vendor in Louisiana, where they were to build-fit everything from the ring gear below. That gave them an opportunity to test the complete assembly before the excavator was delivered to our Baltimore dealership,” he says.
Jason Doty, an experienced MES equipment operator, is impressed with the EC300E’s performance. “The cab has plenty of room, the hydraulics are very quick and smooth, and the engine has a lot of power,” he says.
John Mirabile, equipment fleet manager at the Maryland Environmental Service is pleased with the Volvo machines’ performance.
MES uses up to six Volvo A25 articulated haulers (including the latest G-series) at any given time, depending on the task at hand. Common jobs include shifting the dredged materials and moving sand from the staging areas to the dike areas. The machines are now in non-stop use around the island and making the heavy-duty work feel a little lighter.
MES now has almost 40 machines operating on the island, seven of them are Volvos. “We look for several things when choosing new construction equipment: quality, innovativeness and pricing. Volvo ticked all those boxes,” says Mirabile. “And we receive great service and parts availability from McClung-Logan.”
PLANTING A PARADISE
With a fifth of Poplar Island’s habitat already restored, scores of the Chesapeake Bay’s most sensitive bird species are already returning to nest, as are many diamondback terrapin, which are native to the region. The project has also gained international attention, with delegations and tourists from all over the world visiting the Bay each year.
“We have a long way to go, but it’s great to see that the island is already beginning to return to life,” concludes Megan DiFatta. “It’s a really special project to be a part of.”
Many of the Chesapeake Bay’s most sensitive bird species are already returning to nest.
VOLVO EXCAVATORS BREATHE LIFE BACK INTO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
Maryland Environmental Service is using a Volvo EC300E amphibious excavator to restore Poplar Island, a sinking natural habitat in the Chesapeake Bay, North America.
Apr 3, 2017 - one month ago