Close Call: Use extra caution when bucking limbs and wear appropriate PPE

Location: 
near Chilliwack
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-09-06
Company Name: 
Gorman Bros.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A worker was bucking limbs off of a log when his chainsaw kicked back and struck his leg. The worker was uninjured as he was wearing bucking pants.

The worker was processing logs with a chainsaw on a site where the logs required greater than normal limb processing. The specific log being processed had an excessive number of limbs. The worker felt fatigued due to the extra limbing required.

The worker has approximately 30 years of experience and has never had a close call where a chainsaw cut his bucking pants.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Take extra caution when hand bucking or processing when conditions are difficult. Even if you are experienced, do not become complacent.

Process logs with a mechanical processor if possible.

Always wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when using a chainsaw:

• Bucking Pants or Chaps

• Hard toed boots

• Caulk boots if walking on logs

• Gloves

• Ear Protection

• Hard Hat

• Face and Eye Protection

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Joel Springer, Gorman Bros. 250-547-9296

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