Hand faller struck by oversized fir tree

Location: 
Horsefly, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-07-16
Company Name: 
Progressive Harvesting (2000) Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The Worker, a Sub-Contracted Hand Faller, was struck mid-back by tree while engaged in hand falling operations of an oversized fir tree. The worker was not pinned by the tree and was able to free himself and walk out to his vehicle, located on a spur road approximately 100 yards downhill from where he was falling. The worker was met on the road by the worksite foreman and advised him of the incident.
A review of the scene location and subsequent investigation performed by the company has lead to the conclusion that the worker was stuck by a tree other than the one that he had intended to fall. It appeared that the hand faller had followed proper safety practices with respects to making proper cuts on the tree that he had intended to fall, choosing the correct direction in which to fall the tree and in identifying an appropriate escape route.
It is unclear if the tree that struck the worker was free standing or if it had been “hung up” in the standing trees prior to the oversized fir tree being fell. It was noted that the popular tree, which struck the worker did have a green top, however it appeared that the roots were rotten. Further to this the butt of the tree appeared to have sustained machine damage, possible due to mechanical harvesting operations that had been undertaken in that area a few weeks earlier.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Review overhead hazard assessments with all mechanical and manual fallers operating on a worksite where the company has been designated with Prime Contractor status. If a hand faller believes that there is potential for injury as a result of overhead hazard(s) the hand faller will cease falling operations in that area of the worksite.

2. Potential overhead hazards are to be flagged by the hand faller and the worksite supervisor is to be notified. The worksite supervisor and the hand faller will then reassess the potential hazard(s) together and determine and appropriate course of action for eliminating the hazard(s) so that hand falling activities can be resumed.

3. Review of Standard Operating Procedures and Safe Work Procedures as they relate to both mechanical and manual hand falling in and effort to identify and rectify potential weaknesses so as to prevent further occurrences similar to this one.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Progressive Harvesting (2000) Ltd.
PO Box 4357
Williams Lake, BC
V2G 2V4
(250) 392-4410 – phone
(250) 392-4405 – fax
progressive_harvesting@hotmail.com

File attachments
alerts-07-08-06-faller_struck.pdf

2007-10-18 Windfall damages log truck

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Ingram Creek
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-10-18
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An empty logging truck was traveling about 10 – 15 km per hour past a small wildlife tree patch, when a strong gust of wind caught an 80 ft green spruce tree and upended it on across the hood of the truck. Just after this tree fell two more close to the road fell behind the vehicle and two more further in crashed down as well.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Review the positioning of Wildlife Tree Patches (WTP) when setting up blocks.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

 

BC Forest Safety Council

 

“Unsafe is Unacceptable”

 

 

File attachments
2007-10-18 Windfall damages log truck.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
2.5 km on King Edward Lake Rd.
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-07-20
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

One of our loaded logging trucks was following another loaded truck down King Edward Lake Rd in dusty conditions. The first truck notified our driver of a dirtbike coming up the road. But due to the thick dust he wasnt able to see the dirtbike and the dirtbike almost ran into our logging truck.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Ultimately ,the dirtbike was not authorized to be on a posted logging road, but expect the unexpected. Also extra caution should be used when travelling in dusty conditions where visibility is reduced.
You never know what you'll encounter!!

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Driver involved : Wyatt Schwartz 250 547 9795
Supervisor : Jeff Kineshanko 250 306 2687

File attachments
2007-07-20 Dusty road leads to near miss.pdf

HAZARD ALERT

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-21
Company Name: 
Stones Bay Holdings Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

There were 2 near miss road incidents yesterday. In both cases, loaded log trucks were on their way to the mill for the first trip of the day. Both log trucks were being complacent and not calling any miles as they did not think that there was going to be anyone on the road.
At different locations the log trucks met crew cab pickups on their way to work. Both pickups narrowly missed the log trucks and avoided driving off of the road. When the pickup called to see why the log truck had not called kilometers, he replied “Oh well. You are the first that I have seen on the road this morning!”
When traveling on bush roads, expect the unexpected. Call all loaded kilometers regardless of day of the week or time of the day. Stay focused with your mind on the task, and don’t become complacent.

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2007-11-21 Neglecting to Call in Kilometres Results in Near Miss.pdf

Faller with allergy to bees stung in the woods

Location: 
Prince Rupert
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-08-01
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Faller was hiking into quarter and walked through a bees nest and was stung multiple times in the upper body. The faller knew that he was allergic but had not been stung in over 20 years in the bush. He did not have an eppy pen kit on him. Luckily he was a 3 minute hike to the heli pad and a 30 second flight to the hospital.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

All Crew allergies will be posted in the project book as well on all medi-vac on person procedures. No one who is allergic to bees is allowed on the hill without a eppy pen kit.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jason (250)701-1911

File attachments
alerts-07-09-15-bee_stings.pdf

Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
East Ootsa Fraser Lake
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-03-16
Company Name: 
Ambroy Equipment Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Loader man was lifting the log bunk with the loader and a log was in the way; he got out to move the log and the truck driver thought he was ready for him to back up so he could put on the bunk back on. The loader man was between the loader and the log truck were he was crushed injuries were in the pelvic area and lost time incident. The forks on the loader prevented that could have been a fatality.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Reviewed working close procedures, and communication policy with both workers. Do not operate any equipment until you are told or you can see the person you are working with.

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
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