2009-08-25 Hand injured while unloading trailer

Safety Alert Type: 
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Westline Harvesting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On August 25, 2009 a worker was in the process of unloading a rubber-tired backhoe from a tilt-deck trailer. The worker unlatched the cinch device / cam-over latching mechanism which holds the front of the tilt deck secure to the trailer frame. At that point the front of the tilt deck rose / tilted and the workers left hand got pinched between the cinch handle and the cinch hook on the tilt deck.The worker received a laceration to the left hand between his thumb and index finger which required 4 sutures / stitches. The injury could have been more serious had the worker not been wearing work gloves and had more of the workers hand got caught in the pinch point.


The investigation revealed:
a) The worker allowed his hand to get into the pinch point - lack of situational awareness.
b) The worker failed to realize the backhoe positioning on the tilt deck had created a pinch point hazard - inadequate assessment of hazard
c) The loader had been moved backwards on the tilt deck after the tilt deck latching mechanism had been secured. - improper loading.


Learnings and Suggestions: 


1) When undoing a cinch or cam-over latching devices, don’t allow body parts to get into a pinch point area, and don’t attempt to hold onto the cinch handle.
2) When loading / unloading equipment on a tilt deck, ensure that machinery is positioned so it does not place pressure on the latching device, and create a pinch point hazard.
3) Do not attempt to undo latching device on a tilt deck trailer if there is any upward pressure on the latch. Reposition the load to eliminate the upward pressure on the latch.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dave Whitwell at (250) 392-4822

File attachments
2009-08-25 Hand injured while unloading trailer.pdf
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