Jillpoke opens machine door and strikes operator

Northern Vancouver Island
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Roga Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A feller-buncher machine was 'walking' between cuts when a jillpoke struck the front door latch. The machine was travelling over a stump edge with the cab facing downslope at approximately a 10 per cent angle.

The jillpoke popped the door latch. The latch opened, allowing the door to swing open out and away off the front of the cab. The pilot control was deactivated by the door opening, freezing the controls and machine.

The door, swinging out, pushed the jillpoke out away from the cab. Once the door was fully open, the jillpoke released from the doorlatch then fell out and away from the machine before snapping back towards the operator. The operator, sitting in the cab but with no protection because the front door had opened, was struck in the leg by the jillpoke. The operator was not injured.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. A latch cover that will minimize the chance of the latch taking a direct strike was designed and installed (see photos on attached pdf)
  2. Do not use the bottom of the cab's front window for storage. It blocks the view of the operator, making jillpoke strikes more likely.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Troy Young 250-286-3646

File attachments
Jillpoke opens machine door and strikes operator.pdf
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