Rock hits excavator operator's eye through open front window of machine's cab

Safety Alert Type: 
Road Building/Deactivation
near Port McNeill, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Interfor - Coastal Woodlands Div.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While building a road an excavator operator was struck in the eye by a rock that shot through an open front window.

Hazard: Open windows and doors pose a hazard to machine operators as falling, flying, or intruding objects can enter the cab unexpectedly.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Actions to Prevent a Re-Occurrence:

  • Windows and doors must be closed when actively working. Exceptions may include equipment mobilization or short duration precision-work such as bridge and wood box culvert construction. However, prior to commencing these activities a risk assessment must be completed to ensure operator safety.
  • Fix broken air conditioners so operators are not tempted to open a window or door that was meant to protect them.
  • If working with an open crawler tractor, do not put machine in a situation where material can enter the cab.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Rob Ravai, RPF, Interfor, Coastal Woodlands Division, Rob.Ravai@Interfor.com  (250) 286-5116

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