Slip and Fall in the woods results in stitches

Safety Alert Type: 
near Malakwa, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Louisiana Pacific Canada
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A woodlands supervisor was walking in a blowdown harvest unit and while climbing over a blown down tree approximately three feet from ground level, he slipped and fell when his foot touched the ground.

The supervisor tried to brace the fall with his hand, and his hand hit a knot on a small, dry log on the ground. The resulting cut to his hand required five stitches to close.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Always be aware and focused on the task. Walking in blowdown timber presents more hazards than normal. Take your time to ensure proper footing is established.

• Wear gloves when walking in the bush where conditions may present a risk of slip/fall or hand injuries (ie – blown down timber, steep slopes, heavy brush areas)

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Louisiana Pacific Canada, Malakwa, BC 250-836-3100

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