Skidder operators should unlock their second door

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Southern Interior region
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Spruce Valley Contracting
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

At the monthly safety meeting the site supervisor reminded skidder operators to unlock their second door prior to starting work each day. If the door is left locked and there is a mishap where the machine ends up on the preferred door, other workers may not be able to help the operator unless they have the correct key.

An inspection of 12 skidders in subsequent inspections in October by a safety consultant found only two operators that had unlocked their second door. On modern skidders the seat is angled so the second door isn’t used. On some models of skidder it is not possible to unlock the door from the inside, as a key from the outside is required. Some daily machine pre-work checklists and monthly inspection checklists don’t include this item.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Skidder operators should ensure they unlock their second door prior to starting work each day.
  • Supervisors should include this item in their inspections.
  • Those responsible for revising safety programs should include this item in their daily and monthly checklists.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Darren Hyde, Spruce Valley Contracting 250-328-8025

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