Worker's hand pinned between bridge log and excavator bucket

Safety Alert Type: 
Nootka Island (west coast Vancouver Island)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Nootka Sound Timber Co. Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A road crew was installing a log bridge, tightening the lashing using a chain on the bucket of an excavator. The ground worker had his hand on the brow log when he directed the operator with a hand signal to lower the bucket so they could connect the chain.

The ground worker did not realize his hand was under the bucket, which came in contact with his hand, pinning it between the bucket and the brow log.

He was taken to First Aid for assessment before visiting a medical facility for x-rays. It was determined that the worker had suffered four broken small bones in his hand.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Always ensure you discuss a plan with all crew members before work begins
  • Conduct a tailgate meeting when workers and equipment are performing tasks in close quarters
  • Ensure all ground crew are aware of their hazard areas and safe zones
  • Ensure operators and ground crew have clear and direct verbal & visual communication when working in close quarters


For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact: (250) 286-1148

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