Tree faller injured when struck by dead tree under tension

Location: 
Near Creston, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2014-01-22
Company Name: 
J. H. Huscroft Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A faller on a cable logging operation was seriously injured when struck by a dead tree that had been forced over by a felled tree and was laying horizontal, about 5 feet off the ground.

When the faller felled his last tree, the horizontal dead tree was about 10 feet behind him. Somehow the horizontal tree was put under tension and when it released, sprung back and hit the faller about shoulder blade height, throwing him forward (see photos in attached pdf).

The faller was able to contact the faller supervisor for help. The faller has been hospitalized due to a shoulder and rib fractures.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Assess your work area for danger trees and remove them if necessary. Marking a no work zone around a danger tree can also be effective.
  • Working environments that are congested or constrictive of movement can impair a workers ability to perform tasks safely. Reassess as work progresses to reduce hazards.
  • When looking out for hazards, think about stored energy and what will happen if it is released (example: logs under tension or compression).

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Rick Hanson, Woodlands Manager J. H. Huscroft Ltd. (250) 428-7106

File attachments
Tree faller injured when struck by dead tree under tension.pdf
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