Mechanical Harvesting

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Long Shot Holdings Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On May 9, 2008 a log loader was working very closely to a grapple yarder; the loader operator swung his loader around not realizing how close he was to the yarder. The counterweight of the log loader struck the carrier of the yarder.

The grapple yarder operator was cleaning out the yarder cold deck at this time. The chaser was standing in the cab door frame and was struck in the back by the door post and was thrown six (6) ft onto the ground.

INVESTIGATION: It was found that the log loader operator did not assess his surroundings when he was working near the grapple yarder. It was also found that the loader operator was working to close to the grapple yarder. The operator did not feel or hear anything at that time.

The grapple yarder operator informed the loader operator by radio once he was clear of the machine.

Under Long Shot Holdings Ltd Safe Work Procedures for operating a Log Loader it states under #3: “Ensure that your actions don’t create a hazard to you or others working around you. The back end of the machine shall be at least two (2) ft clear of all obstacles.”
The chaser and grapple yarder operator walked away uninjured. This incident could have been prevented and the end result could have been much worse than it was. We must remind ourselves of the dangers of working in the forest industry and remember that it only takes one action to change ones life forever.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Loader operator will keep clear of all machinery by a minimum of two (2) feet. The operator will be retrained in the fulfillment of the intention of the safe work procedures. Complacency and familiarity can make a person to comfortable around equipment and co-workers. Everyone must be aware and alert at all times.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Laura Olynyk
Safety Coordinator

File attachments
2008-06-05 Mechanical Harvester hits Grapple Yarder.pdf
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