On Monday, January 16, 2012 in the southern interior of British Columbia, an operator of a grapple skidder was fatally injured. The investigation into the incident is still at an early stage and no final determination has yet been made as to the cause of the incident; however preliminary findings have determined that the operator died as a result of being run over by his skidder while he was outside of his machine.
We recommend that all equipment operators and supervisors take the time to review the following general guidelines relating to equipment operation with co-workers and crews:
As more detail is made available, the Council will provide additional resources and information. Further information on Risk based assessments may be found at: http://www.bcforestsafe.org/RADAR
Additional information and related alerts on skidder incidents can be found on the WorkSafeBC publications website @ http://www2.worksafebc.com/publications/hazardalerts.asp . Once on the site enter “skidder” in the search field.
The picture shown above represents one of the many skidders used in the forest industry and was not connected with the specific incident described above.
|BCFSC 2012-01-16 Fatality Alert.pdf|