2009-10-20 Structural Failure of Conveyor on Chipper

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
49.5 KM on Bobtail Forest Service Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2009-10-20
Company Name: 
Pine Star Logging
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

As the operator was preparing to load a truck, there was a structural failure of the conveyer on the discharge side of the Chipper. The failure caused the 30’ discharge chute to fall to the ground. They operator was well away from the machine and there was no property damage outside of the failed structure. Upon examination the steal supports of the chute broke in two spots.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

A policy was written into the Health and Safety Program to address the proximity of the operator to the discharge chute. Recommend that this is inspected daily and that no one is to go within 1M of the perimeter of the chute.

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2009-10-20 Structural Failure of Conveyor on Chipper.pdf
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