Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Nanaimo River Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-12
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

During the transport of a load of logs to the dry land sort the driver was traveling into a left corner of the road and in doing so the trailer performed a yaw maneuver ultimately causing the trailer to roll over onto its side. The motion from the trailer pulled the cab of the truck over onto the paved portion of the road and then the truck slid into the gravel portion coming to a stop on its side. There was significant damage to the vehicle, although the driver was not injured. This road is accessed by the public and could have resulted in a catastrophic event. The driver was wearing his seatbelt which undoubtedly saved him from injury.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1) Andy Newell, Department of Highways, has been notified as to erecting a speed sign situated for the section of roadway in question as recommended by the investigating RCMP officer as a reminder to all vehicles traveling that portion of the Nanaimo River road.
2) Ensure this incident is reviewed with all Drivers and documented.
3) Drivers to ensure they keep mind on task, care and control of their vehicles at all times to prevent a critical error.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Ted LeRoy Trucking Ltd.
Safety and Compliance Dept.
Jim Vaux or Shawn Munson
(250) 246-2880

File attachments
2007-11-12 Trailer Rolls Onto Side.pdf

Manual Faller Injured while Spacing Trees

Location: 
Williams Creek, Terrace, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-09-05
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Tree Spacer, twenty years experience, was walking to cut his next tree. He stepped in an unseen hole, his saw hit the tree branch he was going to cut, and kicked back, towards his face. His chain brake came on and the saw hit him in the lip, causing a laceration that required 12 stitches to close.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Make sure both of your feet are firmly planted every time before you cut a tree.
• Make sure you can see the base of the tree before you cut.
• Do not have your finger on trigger of saw until you are ready to cut the tree.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Pat Smith, 250-798-2099

File attachments
alerts-07-09-18-kwassin.pdf

Faller requires surgery after being struck by sapling

Location: 
Radium Hot Springs BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-08-23
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The faller was clearing an escape route for his next tree. He was bucking a 6” diameter dry spruce that had blown down across the top of a 1” diameter Balsam sapling. Both trees were laying approximately 12” off the ground.
The worker was attempting to cut a section of the dry spruce approximately 16” long. After making the first cut of the spruce on one side of the Balsam the faller made a second cut on the other side of the Balsam. After making the second cut, the spring loaded sapling catapulted the 16” long piece of spruce at the faller, striking the faller in the lower abdomen.
The faller thought he was only slightly winded. He continued to work for approximately 2 hours before feeling sick. The faller then obtained assistance from the other faller on the block.
The faller became very sick and showed symptoms of shock. He was taken to hospital via helicopter where he underwent surgery to remove a damaged spleen.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Review SWP all fallers, Review results of investigation with crew, emphasize caution when bucking loaded trees.

File attachments
2007-08-23 Faller requires surgery after being struck by sapling.pdf

Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Snass Lake
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-29
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Logging truck drive was at the bundle station
• compressor is on a elevated flat deck trailer
• set up so rope was on shorter width way on deck
• truck driver had been trained at the station
• when he pulled the cord it broke
• he fell off the side of the trailer (4 ft.) and landed on his upper back, neck and lower head

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The following actions were done to prevent a reoccurrence
•the compressor was turned length ways on the flat deck trailer so if anyone should fall for any reason they would not fall off the edge
•the compressor stand was nailed down so it could not be changed
•step by step bundle wire applying instructions will be added to the logging truck driver’s JSB’s

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Lama Pass Fishing Ltd.
Steve Elluk 250-957-2421

File attachments
2007-11-29 Driver Falls Off trailer.pdf

Snag nearly results in serious injury for faller

Location: 
Belize Inlet, Trevor Lake
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-09-06
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Worker was falling a cedar snag approximately 15 feet in height. A slab fell off of the snag striking a cedar wind fall. The windfall slid down the slope glancing off worker on the way by.

• Contributing factors:
• Steep rocky ground
• Unstable ground debris
• Work area was not thoroughly sanitized

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Sanitize workspace of all hazards prior to falling tree, i.e., cut off long windfall at workspace.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Robert Pridge
805 Enterprises Ltd.
Ph: (250)756-6979

File attachments
Addendum #1.pdf

HAZARD ALERT

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-17
Company Name: 
Buckley House Holdings Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A lowbed driver had attached a belt to the pin holding the trailer hitch onto the truck. This was apparently done so he did not have to reach in when pulling the pin to disconnect. The belt was fairly long and hung out from the hitch.

The lowbed was moving a D6 Cat and due to slippery road conditions the driver put his chains on. As the truck was proceeding down the road one of the chains caught the belt and pulled the pin out of the hitch. This caused the trailer to detached from the truck. The trailer started sliding backwards down a hill pulling the truck with it.
Fortunately the driver was able to stop the truck with minimal damage, he then hooked up and proceeded.

This could have been a very serious incident. This alert is to advise all drivers to inspect their trucks regularly and identify potential hazards. Also it is recommending not to add anything on to equipment.

Let all continue to work and drive safe.

File attachments
2007-12-17 Modifcation to Equipment Leads to Crash.pdf

HAZARD ALERT

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-11
Company Name: 
GRANT CONLON TRUCKING LTD.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loaded log truck was traveling on Highway 16 through the Village of Burns Lake when it became involved in an incident with a car. Fortunately there were no serious injuries to either driver but damage was sustained to both vehicles.

The driver of the log truck, observing traffic congestion at the intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 35, had already slowed to below the speed limit. When he saw the car attempt to cross the highway, the driver of the log truck applied his brakes only to have his trailer slide. The log truck driver tried to slow his truck and trailer while at the same time keeping his rig straight. The driver of the car continued her attempt and impacted the log truck in the area of the drivers’ side front tire.

Winter road conditions are in effect and drivers should be prepared for anything but can only be held responsible for their own actions. Other drivers need to be made aware of the distance it takes for a loaded log truck to stop safely.

File attachments
2007-12-11 Collision Between Log Truck and Car.pdf

Climber nearly killed as a result of faulty equipment (pdf)

Location: 
Ridge main
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-10-11
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A forestry climber was nearly killed as a result of equipment failure. He was at a height of 170' when he transferred from the tree he topped to another tree using his second flip line. While transferring weight from first strap to the second, the first strap failed and the climber swung into the tree he was going to. The climber had just climbed 170' on the faulty strap and it was only blind luck the strap failed while he was tied in with his other strap.
After close inspection and a detailed investigation the failed strap proved to have been improperly repaired. Even though the strap was taken to a certified place of business, the business produced an inferior product. They crimped the steel cable then crimped the nylon sheath behind the first crimp creating a stress point. The stress point between the two crimps is where the cable failed. They should have crimped the sheath over the first crimp, or used a flemish eye on the cable then crimped the sheath locking the flemish eye in place. The company is in the process of recalling all altered or repaired climbing straps as a safety precaution.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Any climber with altered climbing straps needs to complete a thorough safety check of the steel cable at the new termination point. If unsure, or if you have any questions regarding the safety of your climbing straps, remove them from service until you can acquire proper qualified assistance.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kevin Healey 250-710-7075

File attachments
alerts-07-11-04-rope.pdf

Crew cab forced onto shoulder by car

Location: 
Highway 3, 5 km west of Salmo, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-05-25
Company Name: 
Wildhorse Silviculture Ltd
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Crew cab driver signaled to make left turn off highway into Beaumont Timber yard.
Driver slowed down, checked mirrors for traffic approaching from behind. Observed small
car approaching very fast, it then pulled out & passed on solid line forcing crew cab onto
right shoulder. Driver had done a pre-trip inspection including a check of brake & signal
lights. All had been in good working order. Once driver had safely entered timber yard,
lights were checked again but were found to be still in good working order.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Since transportation crashes while commuting to & from work are potentially a major
source of serious & fatal injuries in the silviculture industry, recommended preventative
actions include:
- pre-trip inspections, including a check of turn signals, headlights & brake lights,
plus mirrors correctly positioned for driver
- drivers have appropriate licenses & driving experience
- passengers wear seatbelts at all times
- extra caution should be taken by drivers during early morning commutes when
other drivers may not be alert or are driving at excessive speeds

File attachments
2007-05-25 crew forced onto shoulder by car.pdf

HAZARD ALERT

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-15
Company Name: 
PINE RIDGE HOLDINGS LTD
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loaded log truck operated by Grant Conlon Trucking Ltd., a sub-contractor of Pine Ridge Holdings Ltd., was traveling on a logging road when it met an unloaded log truck, operating for another contractor. The unloaded log truck had gone past the pullout when the trucks met. Both log trucks managed to stop and were in no danger colliding but the road was very slippery at the time and the potential was there for a severe incident. The trailer of the loaded log truck slid off the road causing the live front bunk to trip off, spilling the load.Little damage was caused to the equipment but the road was blocked. The drivers called to advise any other traffic of the situation, a loader was called in to pull the trailer out of the ditch. Traffic was then moving again.The loaded log truck had called 10 km but was unsure if he had called 9 km. The unloaded log truck missed the call but other witnesses had heard the call. This close call was caused by a momentary lack of attention and it was fortunate that it was not of a more serious nature. A suggestion was made to attach high visibility tape on the mile boards to catch the attention of drivers and perhaps refocus their attention on truck locations.

File attachments
2007-11-15 Icy Conditions Result in Close Call.pdf
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