2009-05-08 Tree planter falls off cliff

Stave River in the Chilliwack Forest District
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Chinook TSO
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While planting at the top of a near vertical rock cliff a planter lost his footing and slid on thin soils and fell off the cliff. He fell approximately 30 feet and landed vertically in heavy slash and suffered broken bones in his ankles / feet.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Layout crews when considering the overall project objectives should consider all options to reduce any hazard as they plan and layout blocks. These options could include;

- Excluding cliffs from within the cutblock boundaries,
- Including the timber on top of the cliff in a retention or wildlife patch within the block,
- Ribboning and blazing timber at the top of the cliff as a "no work zone" so workers do not approach the top of the cliff,
- Site plans could identify these areas as excluded from the net area to reforest ensuring that silviculture workers are not put at risk,
- When cliffs are included within a cutblock, ensure that the hazard is communicated to the loggers and contractors so that they can put appropriate mitigation measures in place for their workers.


By applying these and other practices the layout crews can reduce the potential that future activities would expose workers to a risk of a fall and injury.


For more information on this submitted alert: 


Dave Hobbs
Woodlands Supervisor
Chinook TSO
604 702-5775


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