2009-12-07 Faller hit by slab from snag

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Westcoast Falling Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 
  • Faller was falling a 6ft diameter 90ft tall slabbed Cedar snag
  • Faller was truck on right lege by slab as he was trying to get clear from falling tree
  • Faller was 7' from stump when he was hit
  • Faller had one adequate escape trail, but he did not use it
  • Slab came from back side of tree as the tree started to fall


Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Allow escape for at least 10 ft and/or safe cover, preferably to high side at a 45 degree angle
  • Remove tripping hazards, i.e., loose debris, sticks, "spears" and rocks etc.
  • Several escape routes may be required with dangerous trees
  • Walk route(s) before commencing falling of the tree
  • 95% of accidents happen within 10ft of the stump


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2009-12-07 Faller hit by slab from snag.pdf
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