Worker too close to turn (long logs)

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Ladysmith area (Vancouver Island)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-07-18
Company Name: 
Nanaimo Lakes Logging Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While working on a clear, dry day on ground with a 60% slope (but flat in the immediate area) and logging the low side (out of the operator's vision), a crew was flying 3 full chokers - good turn of long logs which was heavier than normal and approximately 150 metres from the tower and 25 metres from the back end in a very brushy part of the setting - when a small (2") but long alder upended when the turn started to move. The workers did not see the alder in the brush and the top swung around and hit one of the workers on top of his right foot.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Remind workers not to stand too close to the turn. A tailgate meeting was held with the crew following the incident.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Nanaimo Lake Logging Ltd. glendainrig@gmail.com  

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