Close Call

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Ladysmith, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
CopCan Contracting Ltd
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On April 16, 2007, a CopCan Contracting Ltd. lowbed operator was unloading a machine off a lowbed when it struck a gate, which swung open. The gate hit a gravel bank and recoiled, striking the diesel tank of the lowbed, leaving a large dent but not rupturing. If workers had not been in the clear and had been struck by the gate, they could have been seriously injured. There were two spotters positioned in the clear, but the lowbed operator did not use them and so they were unable to notify the operator until after the incident happened.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Drivers, Operators and Spotters must assess the area more closely, prior to unloading machines. All spotters must be well in the clear at all times.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

John Gregson 250-754-7260

File attachments
2007-04-16 Lowbed struck gate.pdf
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