2009-06-18 Log rolling from above results in close call

CP Q Block 103 – Tum Tum
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd. – Barriere, B.C.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

During planting operations on a heli logged block several workers were walking back to a heli-pad. Two of the workers were walking parallel to each other across a 40-60% slope covered with a heavy slash/cull debris load, one worker directly above the other. The worker upslope accidentally dislodged a large cull cedar long butt when he stepped onto it. The log immediately started rolling downslope and the downhill worker saw the log coming towards him and reacted by running and jumping into the clear. The incident was reported verbally to a supervisor upon returning from the field at approximately 6:00 pm. The incident could have resulted in a very serious injury to the worker and was recorded as a Close Call.

Learnings and Suggestions: 


1) Assess and discuss pre-existing hazards prior to entering the worksite;
2) In the future promote staggered spacing (avoid parallel movement) of workers when walking across a steep block or walk in a single row;
3) All workers should be reminded to continuously assess hazards as they walk through steep terrain and communicate with one another hazards that they may not see coming
4) Review at Woodlands Safety Meeting and annual Contractor training session.


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