Buckerman Injured while working near log deck

BC Southern Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
H.A. Friedenberger Contracting Ltd
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A buckerman was injured while bucking down slope from manufactured logs that were being decked on the high side of a small road right‐of‐way landing. An ice covered hemlock log that was over 49’ in length slid off the log deck while the loader operator was positioning it in the deck.
The buckerman saw the log approaching in his direction, so he ran and fell, twisting his knee. The loader operator grabbed the moving hemlock log with the grapple of his loader. This action stopped the log from sliding toward the buckerman, avoiding further injury to him.
The buckerman received medical treatment at the hospital in Nakusp, where it was determined that he had slightly torn ligaments in his right knee. There was no loss of time due to the injury.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Loader operators must ensure all workers are in the clear before decking logs / trees.
• Avoid constructing / utilizing log decks located on the high side of confined landings. Logs should be decked on the low side of confined landings.
• Logs should be decked at a height that will not compromise the stability of the logs being decked. Plan to have logs loaded and hauled by logging trucks before the decked logs’ height becomes a safety concern.
• Proceed with increased caution when handling ice covered logs.

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