Equipment operators should have their feet on the ground when talking with each other

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Approx. 60 km's north of Prince George (Wee252 Block)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Lo-Bar Log Transport Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two forwarder operators pulled alongside of each other to have a conversation. One operator stepped on the tracks of the other forwarder's machine while the other operator stayed in his cab. When they were done talking, the operator in the cab started to move his machine while the other operator was still standing on its tracks.

The driver of the machine noticed right away and stopped. There were no injuries but he could have slipped and been seriously hurt.

When the driver of the machine was interviewed by the supervisor, he said he thought that the other operator was back on his own machine.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

All equipment operators are to get off their machines when they want to talk to each other.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Lo-Bar Log Transport Ltd. 250-563-8640

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