Powerline at dryland sort struck during equipment move

Safety Alert Type: 
Mid Island Forest Operation (Sayward)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products Inc.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While hauling a log loader out of the dryland sort in Sayward (near Campbell River) on a lowbed, overhead power lines were struck.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Learnings & Suggestions:

  • Review and adhere to Safe Work Procedures (SWPs) surrounding lowbedding and machine placement. Per Timberlands Safety Standard 7 (TSS7) – Working in Proximity to Power Lines:
  • Ensure power line clearance signage is in place and communicated
  • Ensure the plan in place includes awareness and communication of overhead hazards and a review of SOPs for working in proximity of downed power lines:
  • 10 meters to safety – stay at least 10 meters from any fallen power line
  • Look up, check, and keep equipment clear of overhead power lines
  • Know your limits of approach (3 - 6m depending on voltage)
  • Don’t hang around equipment (stay 10m back in case it contacts an energized line)
  • If equipment comes in contact with an energized line, remain inside until help arrives
  • Shuffle or Hop – Don’t step (never contact the ground and your equipment at the same time)
  • Use a spotter any time the driver’s line of sight is restricted/compromised


For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact:

Ron Boe, EHS Advisor 250-735-0231

Wade Cooper, EHS Advisor 250-731-5569

Chris McAllister, EHS Advisor 250-203-0613

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