Hazard Alert: Check logs for incomplete bucking cuts

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Sorting
Location: 
Parksville, BC (Northwest Bay Dryland Sort)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-08-04
Company Name: 
Island Timberlands
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The dryland sort crew was processing wood that had been trucked into the site and discovered a log that had an unfinished bucking cut.

A worker from one of the previous phases had attempted to buck off a chunk approximately 18 inches long (46cm’s) but had failed to complete the cut. Minimal wood was left attaching the chunk to the log, as they were easily separated without any further cutting at the dryland sort.

Why did this happen?

• This log / chunk situation was missed by the loader operator in the loading phase.

• The bucker or faller had not completely finished the cut but may have thought it was complete.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Review with buckers, rigging crew and loader operators to be on the lookout for any cuts in logs. These may be incomplete bucking cuts that have minimal fibre holding a chunk in place.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Roger de Bucy, Island Timberlands, Northwest Bay 250-755-6932

File attachments
Check logs for incomplete bucking cuts.pdf
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