Radio communications must be confirmed between equipment operators

Location: 
K-40, Monashee area (east of Vernon, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2010-10-05
Company Name: 
Dan-O Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A yarder machine had a broken cable line so the operator shut the machine down and began splicing an eye in the cable on the landing. The loaderman confirmed that the skidder operator was advised by radio not to move trees on the landing that the cable was resting on.

The skidder operator did not hear the radio communication and began to pull trees away. The cable was snagged by the skiider which moved the trees, pulling the cable out of the yarder operator's hands. This resulted in the jagged ends of the cable cutting his left wrist, requiring a few stitches.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Better communication betwen operators is mandatory. The yarder operator and loaderman should have waited for a response from the skidder operator, confirming he had heard the instructions by radio.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dan-O Contracting Ltd. 250-260-6012

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