Close Call: Worker struck in head by log cinch handle

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
Cariboo Region (near Williams Lake)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-02-16
Company Name: 
Westline Harvesting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A worker was attempting to lock/cam over a cinch to secure a load of logs. The worker was pushing down on the cinch handle trying to get his body weight / right shoulder into the process to lock/cam over the cinch, when his hand slipped off the cinch handle, allowing the handle to spring back and strike the worker just above the right eye.

The worker received a 1” laceration to his right eye brow area. The workers rubber gloves were wet/snow covered at the time of the incident. This could have resulted in a more serious injury had the cinch handle struck the worker in the eye or mouth.

The investigation revealed:

• The worker was trying to save time and failed to get his cheater pipe out to assist in locking the cinch

• The worker failed to recognize that hazard his wet/snow covered gloves posed to maintain a proper grip on the handle

• The worker also allowed his head/body to get into the strike zone / bight area

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Workers are reminded take their time and to not rush a job

• Use the appropriate tools for the job

• Thoroughly assess the hazard/risk of a situation and take appropriate corrective action

• Keep body parts away from strike zones / bight areas

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Dave Whitwell, Westline Harvesting Ltd. 250-392-4822

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Close Call: Worker struck in head by log cinch handle.pdf
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