Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Geographic Area identified as Kitchen Creek located near Kinbasket Lake in the Golden TSA
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-07-17
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An excavator had been utilized on a cable harvesting operation as a mobile back spar. The planned use of the mobile back spar was limited to operationally feasible terrain. Part of the block was deemed too steep for the excavator.

After the planned use of the mobile back spar was completed, the excavator was to be moved and parked on benched terrain. The cable yarding crew was to begin stump rigging. Post mobile back spar use, the excavator operator decided to walk off the benched terrain straight down the hill on a gradient of approximately 63% for 7 to 8 meters prior to stopping. At this location the operator decided to construct a level spot, on 60% terrain adjacent to the excavator, to park the machine.

The operator constructed the pedestal and attempted to walk the machine to it, but then realized a stump was in the way. At this point, part of the track was sitting on a rock. The operator then focused on carefully removing the stump to complete the move. The operator finally plucked the stump from the ground and the jarring motion caused the excavator to slide sideways on the rock. The excavator began to roll. The excavator rolled down a 60% gradient for approximately 17 meters through logging slash and then another 80 meters at 63% gradient through the timber before coming to a rest against a tree. The operator safely exited the machine with minimal injuries.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Operator must follow supervisors instructions regarding avoiding identified steep terrain. Operator must take the time to properly assess down slope hazards and develop a plan prior to operating on steep terrain. Operator must adhere to the Contractors’ Safety Program procedure and WCB legislation regarding operating on steep terrain (procedures and legislation set limits for the machine and operator). Operator must not operate on terrain that is beyond the operators training, comfort zone and established procedures. Operator must safely stop and request for assistance if at any time the machine becomes or is perceived to become unstable.

File attachments
2007-07-17 Excavator rolls down hill.pdf

Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Miller Main Bridge Site 5+800, Miller Main FSR
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-20
Company Name: 
Surespan Construction Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Worker was on the carbody of the crane (American 5460 – 55t Friction / Conventional rubber-tried crane), walking from controls in operators cab to the engine behind in order to de-energize the crane, shutting down for the day. While walking on the catwalk (approx. 6ft to 8ft in length, 2ft wide) secured to the outside of the cab, the catwalk gave way. The worker and the catwalk fell approx. 7ft into a small ditch with a slightly sloped grade. Worker sustained injury to left heel. Incident was reported immediately to Surespan Management.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Worker should have visually/physically inspected the catwalk and its “fastening”
mechanisms secured to the carbody after installing it during rigging/mobilization of the
crane;
• Completion of investigation with assistance of worker involved, Equipment Manager and
Senior Management;
• Review and amendment to Surespan’s Safe Work Practice for Crane Rigging and Hoisting
– circulate to workers;
• Arrange for the repair of catwalk (belonging to American 5460 crane);
• Review incident/investigation at the next Occupational Health and Safety Committee
Meeting;
• Refresher training of Surespan’s Safe Work Practices and Safe Job Procedures scheduled
for early January, 2008.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Angela Bester, Manager of Health & Safety, Surespan Construction Ltd.
Email: angie@surespan.com

File attachments
2007-11-20 Catwalk Collapses Causing Injury.pdf

Safety Alert

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-21
Company Name: 
Blackwater Construction
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A mechanic and a young apprentice were dropping a belly pan from a dozer. They had only one floor jack and wood blocks to secure the pan from falling. The pan slipped off the jack/blocks and impacted the apprentice’s right hand. There were no serious injuries and the apprentice was back at work for the next shift.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Please ensure that proper tools are used for the job. A proper jack would in all likelihood have prevented this incident from occurring. Do a pre-work to ensure safety. And remember, young workers need enhanced instructions and supervision to accomplish a job safely

File attachments
2007-11-21 Always Use Proper Equipment.pdf

HAZARD ALERT

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-20
Company Name: 
LTN Contracting Ltd. / Roga Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On November 20, 2007 at approximately 7:00 PM a contract lowbed (Roga Contracting Ltd.) was transporting a TigerCat 870 feller-buncher into a block.

While making a low speed right-hand turn, the lowbed bound up with the tractor. The resulting pressure caused the neck and deck to come apart (the lowbed came apart), with the latch pin failing and the d-ring keepers being bent.

There were no injuries and minimal damage to the lowbed from the mechanical failure of the attachment components.

The age of the lowbed is 10+ years. Maintenance records indicate a recent inspection and timely repair and service records.

Root cause for the equipment failure is age of equipment and underlying metal fatigue that is not visible to naked eye.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Remind lowbed drivers that they are professional drivers and it is their legal responsibility to monitor and inspect their equipment daily and notify their supervisor of any problems or potential problems immediately.
2. For all lowbed trailers over ten years of age, all attachment components are to be inspected monthly for signs of wear or fatigue by company mechanic or certified mechanic.
3. For all lowbed trailers, repair or replace lowbed attachment components as required, or schedule the work to be completed by a certified facility.

File attachments
2007-11-20 Pressure Causes Lowbed to Come Apart.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
K&D Shop Ft St James
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-01
Company Name: 
KDL Group
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The first worker to enter the shop that day encountered a hissing sound originating from the oxy/acetylene bottles. He discovered the bottles had been left on overnight. This is in contravention of the Cutting Torch Operation Training Brief. He quickly shut off the gas flow at the bottles and opened the shop doors to air out the building. He was able to accomplish this without any further consequences.
Due to the severity of the hazard, he was unable to discover the source of the hissing. The oxy/acetylene bottles were locked out and the hoses and flashback valves were replaced. After discussion with a welding supply dealer, it was learned that flashback valves need to be replaced every 2-3 years.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1)Workers are to be reminded of the consequences when company safe work procedures are not followed.
2)Flashback valves should be added to the company preventative maintenance program and replaced every 2 years.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Martin Elphee
Health & Safety Coordinator
KDL Group
250-996-8032

File attachments
2007-12-01 Close Call Involving Cutting Torch.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Salmon River ML Bridge (White River), Sayward
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-02-07
Company Name: 
Surespan
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Worker attempted to lift a steel guardrail post in order to carry it to the bridge deck for installation. He realized it was too heavy and placed it back down, hitting his right knee in the process. If he continued to carry the guardrail post, he could have easily hurt his lower back.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 

As noted in Surespan Construction’s Safe Work Practices & Safe Job Procedures Manual – Manual
Handling & Lifting:
• Do no attempt to lift or move objects that are obviously too heavy or bulky for one person to life or which require getting into an awkward position. Ask for help from a co-worker.
• Employees should be aware of their physical limitations and the approximate weight of the materials to avoid injury.
• Pipes, conduit, rebar and other conductive materials should not be carried out on the shoulder near exposed electrical equipment or conductors.
• Be aware of hazardous and unsafe conditions prior to lifting (i.e. slipping and tripping hazards).
• The use of powered equipment and lifting devices (i.e. forklift) should be considered and employed
when practical.
• Ensure you have a firm grip on the object before lifting it, ensure your hands and body are in the clear.
• Watch out for slivers, nails, and sharp ends when handling objects. If possible, these should be
removed from the object.
• Ensure you have a clear view of your route when carrying materials.
• When lifting:
o Keep your back as upright as possible;
o Avoid reaching out;
o Use leg muscles instead of back or stomach muscles; and,
o Avoid twisting motions.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

angie@surespan.com
www.surespan.com

File attachments
2007-02-07 lifting leads to injury.pdf

Safety Alert

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-01-05
Company Name: 
Weyerhaeuser / BC Forestlands
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Several incidents have occurred across BC Forestlands in 2006 resulting in injuries to workers.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Some key learning’s are:

Avoiding Slips and Trips
• Wear footwear with good traction, especially in slippery winter conditions.
• Ensure there are stable surfaces to walk on if you are getting on equipment. Design and install improvements to lessen the risk of getting hurt (ie steps, non-slip surfaces).
• Use 3 point contact when getting in/ out and on/off anything (ie vehicles, equipment, walking over blowdown).

Know your limits
• Stretch after long periods of inactivity before undertaking a strenuous task.
• Be aware of your bodies limits, especially if you are at a higher risk of injury . Are the procedures suited to your abilities? (ie do you have a history of back problems? Are you getting less agile and flexible?).
• Think an activity through before you act.

File attachments
2007-01-05 BC Forestlands.pdf

Coastal Forest Strike

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-07-25
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The coastal forestry industry is now largely shut down as a result of a labour dispute between employers and the USW-IWA Council. Although safety has been raised as an issue during bargaining, this dispute is between the employers and the Union.
The Council respects the collective bargaining process. Council representatives will not be taking any stand on the labour dispute of the relative merits of either side’s position.
For the duration of the dispute, the Council will be making a number of changes to its operations. For those workers and companies involved with training and SAFE Company certification with the BC Forest Safety Council, this note provides you with some basic information about training and certification activities during the dispute.

SAFE Company Registration, Certification and Licencee/Owner timelines
•The BC Forest Safety Council will continue to accept and process any SAFE Companies registrations and completed audits received.
•If you are a large employer with an external audit scheduled, and you will be unable to carry out the audit due to work disruption, you need to contact your External Auditor and arrange for an extension.
•If you are an employer and the labour dispute will delay your program development or audit activities, your timeline will be automatically extended during the course of the labour dispute.
•If you have submitted your audit and the Council has asked you for additional information that is not available during the labour dispute, your file will be put on ‘hold’ until activities recommence.
•The BC Forest Safety Council does not set any timelines for SAFE Certification laid out by licencees or owners but we will communicate our position. You would be wise to check with those owners and licencees that you work with to ascertain their position.

Training Courses Run by the BC Forest Safety Council
•Some of the Council’s courses involve activities on active forestry sites. We will not be carrying out any activities (training, evaluations, etc.) on sites affected by the labour dispute. If alternative sites are not available, courses will be modified accordingly.
•We encourage everyone who has signed up for training to attend their planned session.
If you feel the dispute makes it impossible for you to attend your scheduled training, please cancel as far in advance as possible.

File attachments
2007-07-25 Coastal Forest Strike.pdf

Orienting New Workers and Young Workers

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-07-26
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

What is this?
Employers have always had a responsibility to make sure workers are prepared for the job before they start working. One part of that is orienting new workers to the health and safety information related to their job and worksite. WorkSafeBC has amended their regulations to clarify these responsibilities in a clear, specific way.

Do they affect me?
The nature of forestry operations (outdoor locations, changing conditions and sites etc) mean almost everyone operating in the sector should be aware of these new regulations and ensure that they are in compliance.

Specifically: If you hire any new worker under the age of 25 OR if a new worker is starting work at an existing worksite OR if existing workers are facing hazards on their current workplace that have changed or developed, OR if existing workers are in a new location that has different hazards than the old ones, then this regulation applies to your operation.
What do I have to do?

If you have been involved in some of our Council safety activities, the need and importance of safety orientations is very familiar:
•The Safety Tool kit that all SAFE Companies registrants receive discusses the safety orientation process in Chapter 8;
•Both the BASE and SEBASE audit address safety orientation in the training, education and certification requirements;
•The Small Employer OHS training course also reminds employers of their responsibilities around safety orientation and provides some sample tools for you to use in your program;
•People who have taken the Council’s Basic Forest Supervisor training are shown how
to assess initial worksite orientation requirements.
To refresh, there are 4 basic steps…
•Evaluate the situation;
•Train the worker;
•Test the worker;
•Keep records of the orientation.

WorkSafeBC has developed a sample worker orientation checklist that you can download as a Word document and modify to suit your needs and use for your workers. You can find the document here at http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/YoungWorker/Resources-Employers.asp?re... as well as more information about the new regulations.

Why this Change?
It’s simple – new workers and young workers are vulnerable to injuries – because of inexperience, not wanting to ask questions, and (sometimes) training that does not ensure they are competent to do their work.

It’s easy to take shortcuts when bringing new workers or young workers onto a worksite. Take the time to make sure they understand that safety is a priority. While this is only one part of changing the forest industry’s historically poor safety record it helps reinforce that unsafe is unacceptable.

File attachments
2007-07-26 Orienting New Workers and Young Workers.pdf

HAZARD ALERT

Safety Alert Type: 
Worksites
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-08-14
Company Name: 
Canfor
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Field crews potentially in the line of fire due to hunter activity near their worksite.

As Canfor employees rode their ATV’s back to their pickups at the end of the day they noticed some new shooting targets placed in the trees that put them in the line of fire. Although they were not actively shooting, hunters in a camp just down the road were using these targets. The hunters were not aware that there were people working behind their targets, as they had not seen the field crews ride in that morning.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. If you encounter any hunters and camps on your way to the field, stop and let them know you are in the area.
2. Leave a note or sign on un-occupied camps or pick-ups letting people know of your presence and location.
3. Place a sign indicating that people are actively working at the entrance to your worksite.

File attachments
2007-08-14 In the line of Fire.pdf
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