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Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Vancouver Island - Logging Road – Millar Main near Mt Washington
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-04
Company Name: 
Leeward 04 Contracting
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A grader operator was helping the lowbed driver to load the grader on to the lowbed for transport to the shop for repairs. The grader operator had completed his part of the job and went to climb off the lowbed. There was snow on the ground and on the lowbed. There was also mud on the lowbed (from the grader) and it was raining at the time.

The grader operator’s left foot slipped on the mud and snow on the lowbed as he moved to climb off. His leg twisted as he fell and he landed on the ground with all his weight on his left foot. The grader operator heard a crack and felt great pain below his left knee. He could not get up. X-rays later showed that the tibia was broken in three places.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Caution should be taken when surfaces are encountered that may become slippery in cold weather. Whenever possible, three points of contact should be maintained. When climbing up on or down off equipment, every effort should be made to grab hold of something solid with one or both hands.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Don Wilshere, Leeward 04 Contracting, Port Alberni
(250) 723-2220

File attachments
2008-01-04 Broken Leg Caused By Slip.pdf
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