2008-09-30 Tree Strikes Faller

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On September 30, 2008 a faller was falling a 10 inch diameter snag approximately 15-20 ft tall. The faller made his cut and the base of the tree slipped off the stump. The base of the tree went downhill while the tree top came back towards him. The faller tried to move out of the way from the tree but his feet got stuck in a hole and the tree came down on top of him. The faller radioed his partner who then came down and administered first aid. The

faller was taken to the hospital where his injuries were treated. Injuries included:
severely bruised left kidney, one fractured rib and two chipped vertebrae. The
worker is off work indefinitely.
INVESTIGATION: It was found that the faller was using an old style of cutting
called “back barring.” While practicing this style it was found that he could not
feel that he cut through the hold wood. It was also found that the faller was aware
of the style of cut was illegal and that he decided to do this because “it was


Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Clear escape routes should be done before falling commences.

2. All fallers must not back barr for any reason.
3. A good area assessment must be taken to ensure stable ground around the work zone.
4. Revise and review safe work procedures for fallers.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

 Laura Olynyk Safety Coordinator

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2008-09-30 Tree Strikes Faller.pdf
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