Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
May Lake near Bamfield B.C.
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
HFN Forestry L.P.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A four man shake and shingle crew were reloading a row of shingle blocks onto the
back of a flatbed truck after the row had fallen over due to moving unrestrained.
Two workers were on the deck of the truck and a third was handing up a block to
them when the nearly completed row fell over on them. The two workers on the
deck were pushed off by the falling blocks onto the third worker and the blocks
landed on top of them. One worker sustained a fractured bone in his foot, another
received a cut requiring five stitches and the third suffered bumps and bruises. The
accident investigation revealed that the shingle blocks were 20 inches long and the
two rows of blocks were placed on a 36-inch pallet making the front of the row

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Don’t take shortcuts. Take the time required to do things safely.
Never move a load without restraints.
Both rows should have been replied on a 40-inch pallet.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Mark Godard 250-204-7060 mark.godard@hfnforestry.com

File attachments
2007-10-16 Reloading Shingle Blocks Causes Injury.pdf
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