Attempt to remove key ring on water pump intake leads to sliced finger, stitches

Safety Alert Type: 
Martin Mountain (near Monte Creek, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Interfor (Adams Lake Div.)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Logging crew was actively fighting an operation fire. A supervisor (in a rushing state) was attempting to replace a non-functional water pump with a working one.

In the process of unbuckling the intake connection, the supervisor had to pull extremely hard on the key ring (he had no knife to cut the zap strap) to break the seal.

The key ring could not sustain the pulling force and quickly spread apart – the sharp end of the ring sliced through the supervisor’s middle finger. He was not wearing work gloves.

The supervisor required medical attention and received 3 stitches in his finger. He just missed cutting the tendons.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Force yourself to slow down in high pressure situations. Give yourself time to think things through.
  • Always wear appropriate PPE (including work gloves).
  • Consider changing out key rings on suction hose intakes. Possible solutions could be zap-straps, nylon coated aircraft cable key rings, etc.
  • Consider always carrying a pocket tool (leatherman, knife, etc.)


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Ed Coombes (250) 679-6863 or Dan Todd (250-374-5552)

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