Large stick grabbed by skidder’s tire chains, startles operator by entering cab

Safety Alert Type: 
McLeod Block (near Fort St. James)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
DNT Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While skidding on a block, a stick got caught (2-3" in diameter and several feet long) in the tire chains on the skidder.

The stick was small enough that it passed through the protective grating on the side window on the door of the skidder. The inside window on the skidder door was slid open.

The stick entered the cab about 12" startling the operator.

Root Cause: 

  • Maintenance
  • Chains Loose on Skidder
  • Eyes not on task
  • Inadequate assessment of hazard and risks.


Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Proper maintenance
  • Keep skidder chains tightened on skidder to help prevent sticks from getting caught in them
  • Mind on task, and review hazards and risks for the job.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Clint Ludwig (250) 567-5167

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