Incomplete cuts: A hazard from stump to dump

Location: 
Shoal Island Log Sort (Crofton, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-02-24
Company Name: 
TimberWest Forest Company
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

 Workers at the Shoal Island Log Sort on Vancouver Island discovered a log that had arrived with a partially cut long-butt still attached (see photo in attached pdf). The long-butt was roughly 1m in diameter, 3/4m in length and estimated to be cut 80-90% of the way through.

At this time it has not been determined whether the hand fallers or landing bucker attempted (unsuccessfully) to remove the long-butt.

Fortunately it did not break off in transit (on a public highway) or at the sort, as it could easily have caused an incident resulting in serious injury and/or property damage.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Harvest crews should be reminded that all cuts need to be completed once started
  • Owners and supervisors should ensure this is properly covered in appropriate Job Safety Breakdowns / Safe Work Procedures

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: TimberWest Forest Company, South Island Operation 250-729-3731

File attachments
Incomplete cuts: A hazard from stump to dump.pdf
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