The forest industry in British Columbia is one of the most dangerous in the country. The industry employs 90,000 people in B.C., of whom 28,000 work in the woods. Of these, 250 were killed between 1993 and 2002 and 918 more were severely hurt. The serious injury rate in forestry is about six times that of all other B.C. industries combined. The death rate is 10 times higher.
In 2005, the worst year on record, 43 loggers died on the job. While these statistics have declined recently (16 dead and 80 seriously injured in 2008), the industry as a whole continues to be a dangerous place, in spite of increased layoffs and closures.
Forester's Ghost is a robotic radio-controlled wheelchair with circular-sawblade wheels. It is intended to be driven by remote control over a finished hardwood floor of tongue-and-groove douglas fir until the floor is destroyed.
The work was produced with robotics assistance from Daniel Jolliffe.