Slip and fall leaves log truck driver injured and sidelined

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Apex Ski Hill Road – Secondary Highway (Penticton area)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2011-11-14
Company Name: 
Pat Lawrence Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A logging truck driver was starting up a secondary highway heading for the bush and a second load for the day. It was snowing heavily and temperatures were warm. The highways maintenance contractor could not keep up with the unusually early intense snow storm so the road was compact snow and slippery.

The driver stopped at a level location at the bottom of the road to put on his chains. As he walked around the front of his truck, his feet went out from under him and he fell forward. He put his arm out to break his fall and immediately felt severe pain and loss of mobility in his right shoulder/upper arm. He has been off work since the fall and will possibly be for the winter. (The driver had on good winter boots with soft soles and good traction.)

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Review and inspect workers boots to ensure they are appropriate winter footwear with soft soles that provide good traction in snow and cold

• Review shutdown procedures with all drivers. Re-enforce and support any decision to go home when adverse conditions are encountered

• Review the three point stance method with all workers to minimize chance of slips and falls

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Keith Lawrence (Pat Lawrence Contracting Ltd.) 250-499-7019

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