It is with deep regret that the BC Forest Safety Council notifies the forestry community of our third fatality in 2012. On Tuesday, February 21st, a loader operator was fatally injured when he was caught between his loader and a log truck. The investigation into this incident is still in the early stages; however initial indications are that after the loader operator pushed the load off the logging truck (at a log dump into the water), the loader operator left his machine to assist the log truck driver. Sometime after the loader operator left his machine, the machine moved forward pinning the worker between the loader and the logging truck. This incident occurred in the West Kootenays area and the investigation into the cause is ongoing.
This is the second incident this year involving a machine operator being fatally injured while working outside of their machine.
We recommend that all equipment operators and their supervisors pause to review their operations safe work procedures and take the necessary steps to prevent similar incidents. Below are some general guidelines relating to equipment operation;
Further information on hazard assessments may be found at www.bcforestsafe.org/RADAR
|BCFSC 2012-02-21 Fatality Alert_Final.pdf|