2009-02-19 Runaway Log Crashes Into Skid

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Long Shot Holdings Ltd
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On February 19, 2009 a logging crew which entailed a loader operator, yarding crew and bucker man were working closely together. The yarder was yarding downhill with the grapple at the back end pulling down by the top; when a 10 ft slag came out of the grapple which tumbled down the hill. At this time the loader operator and his bucker were working on a skid at the bottom, in the line of fire of this runaway log. The yarder operator sounded off his horn just in time for the bucker to run into the safe zone. The runaway log crashed into the skid that the bucker was working on at the time.

INVESTIGATION: The area that the workers were at was very steep ground and the
weather conditions were wet with snow mixed in making the ground unstable. The
work site was stopped immediately and all workers were evacuated from the area.


Learnings and Suggestions: 

Once it was safe to do so the supervisor assessed the area and it was decided that only the yarding would commence and once the yarder was finished with this specific area then the ground crew could come back and work. The supervisor monitored the area closely to ensure the safety of all workers.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

 Laura Olynyk Safety Coordinator

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