2009-03-01 Worker fractures heel jumping from ladder

Safety Alert Type: 
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
All Wood Fibre Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

From a raised catwalk on a chipping machine a worker descended a stair/ladder facing out, away from the machine and stairs. The worker lost his grip on one of the handrails and consequently lost his balance pitching himself outward. Rather than tumbling down the stairs or onto the side of the machine the worker jumped clear but fractured his heel upon landing on the ground.

Subsequent investigation noted that the worker should have descended the stairs facing the machine, controlling his balance by maintaining three points of contact at all times.
The investigation also determined that while the Company Health & Safety Program contained procedures for safe mounting and dismounting of machinery, this fundamental safe work practice was not often at the forefront of regular safety discussions.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Individual equipment job procedures have been amended to include consistent specific instructions for proper mounting/dismounting.

Three points of contact is also now regularly discussed at tailgate safety meetings to guard against this unsafe habit on the worksite.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kimberly Swarts, 250-563-1770
All-Wood Fibre Ltd.

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