2009-10-13 Employee forced into frame of planer infeed

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

Planer feeder noticed a board which had been backed out of the pineapple rolls and was caught up on a guard preventing it from re-entering the feedworks.  The planer feeder went to the back side of the planer infeed to manually adjust the board back into position so it would clear the guard. While the operator was doing this the planer mechanic was standing across the infeed at the control panel and jogged the infeed rolls in an attempt to help move the board into position. The planer feeder who was manually positioning the board was leaning across an unguarded drive belt/shiv assembly consequently forcing him into the guard assembly upon start up of the equipment. Employee suffered bruising to his right mid and lower ribs.


Upset Conditions:
Board out of position preventing it from feeding intothe pineapple rolls.
Missing guarding on equipment.
Lack of Communication while addressing upset condition.


Learnings and Suggestions: 


Communication is key when addressing an upset condition. Utilize RADAR to help establish rolls and responsibilities particularly when doing running repairs.
Ensure guarding is in place and is in good condition. Ensure guarding is repaired or replaced if need be.As this upset condition was known to occur from time to time ensure there is a safe procedure in place
to address it. Engineer out if at all possible.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dan Bowes

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