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Forestry Engineer suffers fractured skull

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
West Jordan Main FSR (Shawnigan Lake area)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-10-31
Company Name: 
Iverson Forest Management Inc.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A Forestry Engineer was pulling ribbon on a hillside; the terrain was mostly mossy, open ground, between trees. The Engineer was traversing the hill and took a step downward, causing a dead stick 5mm in diameter to stand straight up, it was below the sight line and easily not seen.

The Engineer followed through with his step and the stick went right up his nose and broke off (see photos in attached pdf).

The stick penetrated through the cribriform plate causing a skull fracture and cerebral spinal fluid to leak out.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Always be aware of surroundings, even in easy terrain
  • Do not remove penetrating objects. Leave them in place and seek medical assistance.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Iverson Forest Management (250) 710-1463

File attachments
Hazard_Alert_Iverson_Forest_Mgmt_Inc-Fractured_Skull-Oct_31-2018.pdf
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