..THE FOREST AROUND US
Logging supervision. ....
by Bill Moore....
....It would seem to me that if no one
had ever introduced and enforced the certification of seamanship for
coastal mates, captains and pilots our water-ways would be a disaster
area of accidents and deaths. There is risk at sea, but the risk is
minimized by having knowledgeable and certified people supervising the
movements of ships on the waterways. Safety is there because there is
a discipline at work through certified supervision.
more psychological approach to our loggers to instill in them a self-discipline
that can and will further reduce the awful death rate.
management, union, and government through the Workers Compensation Board – decide on the best single approach to the dilemma.
....When we talk of logging in B.C. or the supervision of loggers in B.C., we’d better remember we are discussing a wide range of differing supervision. The interior of our province is now a very mechanical style of operation with skidders, feller-bunchers, crawlers and trucks absorbing a great portion of the logging work force. Coastal logging is becoming more mechanical but still uses many men who do not run machines, and do walk and work in amongst the felled and bucked timber.
....So the terms of reference to supervision may differ in different locales. But where there are a number of loggers gathered together at a marshalling yard, the supervision of those men will require
an ever-increasing demand for better and better qualified line bosses.
The mere fact that companies are now putting such large sums of money
into new, huge sophisticated machines calls for better qualified people
– employee and supervisor.
British Columbia Lumberman, January, 1980
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closely-watched manufacturing and marketing. There is a mystique to
logging that not only the public does not understand, but that decision
makers do not understand, and thereby leave so many important policy
decisions to someone down the ladders. Some companies have han-dled
this situation better than others, but I state that this lack of under-standing
has caused the logging por-tion of most big companies to have few champions.
study such subjects as “people com-munications” and “motivation of people” and possibly accounting. This would broaden the skills of would-be supervisors.
....The studies must be meaningful and should not be of a compulsory nature in the first few years. The courses should be on a graduated level, and certification given when the person has completed so many years of exper-ience in the woods, and has passed the course of studies. There could possibly be four gradients of certification, allowing those that want to return for further studies and a higher class of certificate.
....There is always a pride of achieve-ment to those who work and study for a high status in their chosen profession. Why should loggers be any different than anyone else? A certificate on the wall, in itself, does not mean status, but if the knowledge of true achievement is there, the applicant can be justifiably proud.
....I see little point in one group pointing a finger at another group today in our logging industry and laying the blame for our high accident rate. There are not – and never will be – enough WCB inspectors to cover all the problem areas of logging in B.C. And to lay the blame on inspectors or inspections does not seem realistic to me. The WCB law is written and is continually updated with new laws to handle new situations.
is the supervisor’s responsibility to have his crew and workings
in proper shape at all times – not just when the inspector comes
round. And it behooves the union leaders to get more into the business
of telling their members to keep alert on the job. I haven’t seen
many union leaders out on the logging sides lately – alongside a
management man, telling and retelling and retelling the need of safe pro-duction.
And I also haven’t heard of the tracksides and felled and bucked
areas being overrun by top mana-gement either, of late.
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|British Columbia Lumberman, January, 1980||