3-point contact only works if holds are secure!

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
Chase, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-04-19
Company Name: 
Interfor - Adams Lake Division
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A machine operator went to climb into a 950 wheel loader in order to head to the scale yard to offload a log truck. The operator climbed up the ladder and grabbed the bar/handle on the open door assuming that it was latched (as it usually is when in the open position).

Since the door appeared to be securely latched he pulled himself up with his right hand but the door was not actually latched and swung towards him just as he was expecting to step up and in to the cab.

This caused the operator to fall backwards from a height of 4 feet onto the concrete pad. The operator tried to break his fall with his arm and ended up breaking both bones in his forearm.

The operator was using a safe 3 point contact approach however the 3rd point of contact that he was relying on was not secure (unlatched door).

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• If you leave the door open on your machine, ensure that it is latched in position so that it provides a secure point of contact for entering and exiting.

• Always remember to check your hand rails and railings to ensure they are secure before relying on them.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact: Erik Kok, Interfor (250) 679-6842

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