2009-03-01 Safety Innovation for removing pins

Safety Alert Type: 
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

When changing Shear pins, a worker is exposed to the potential risk of hand and finger injuries when attempting to knock out the old Shear Pins and replacing with new ones. The risk is increased when an old pin is tight and extra force is required to knock it out.



Learnings and Suggestions: 

The application of using a “Drift” or “Punch” minimizes the risk to a worker by enabling the worker to keep his hands out of the contact area when using a hammer to knock out the old pins.

This “Punch” was developed at Gold River and measures 3 x 5 ½ inches. The handle portion of the Punch has been wrapped with a rubber hose to help minimize vibrations to the worker when using the hammer on the Punch.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kevin Kay – Master Mechanic – Gold River – 250-283-2840




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