Manual harvesting/bucking

Location: 
Avalon Dryland Sort
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-01-17
Company Name: 
C.N. Danroth Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 
  • Bucker had been using a spare saw because his regular saw was broken down.
  • The spare saw he was using was not in proper working order but the bucker did not want to switch it out for another spare because it was more powerful than the other saws he would have to choose from.
  • The bucker was standing by the bucking cart and attempting to shut his saw off; the kill switch wouldn’t go up properly and the only way he could shut it off was pushing the choke down.
  • Another bucker came around his back side to put his saw on the side of the cart; he bumped the first bucker causing him to drop his saw.
  • The saw was in full throttle position as it dropped to the ground it landed upside down on the second bucker’s foot and the chain brake went on.
  • No injury occurred.
  • The first bucker picked up the saw and shut it off and then took it to the saw shop and tagged it out.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Buckers must ensure they only operate saws that are in proper working order.
  • Buckers must ensure that their chains are not running when they are in a close proximity to other workers.
  • Tailgate the appropriate crews to alert them of the dangerous situation they could be putting themselves and others in by operating equipment that is not in proper working order.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 
File attachments
2008-01-17 Close Call With Bucking Saw.pdf

Manual harvesting/bucking

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-04-15
Company Name: 
Interfor
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Earlier this year, as has happened before, a Faller was fatally injured by ‘blowdown’ timber attached to a root wad. In the bucking process, the root wad was jarred loose from the adjacent sloping rock face on which it was poorly secured.

In this situation, a thorough risk assessment was not done on the potential for the root wad to detach from the ground or a rock face, nor was there an adequate ‘escape route’ for the faller in the event that the root wad end did indeed break loose and pivot.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The first step is to Recognize the Risk of instability of any timber attached to rock or other structures by Root Wads that can be easily disturbed by activity in the area.

Secondly, if an effective ‘Escape Route’ is not available, options other than falling or bucking the timber must be utilized. Other options include removing the ‘blowdown’ by 1) blasting or 2) use of a heli-grapple, or simply avoiding the hazard by 3) leaving the standing timber or ‘blowdown’.

File attachments
2008-04-15 Fatality Due to Root Wad.pdf

Manual harvesting/bucking

Location: 
Campbell River
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-04-14
Company Name: 
Alternative Forest Operations
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Weather was clear and mild and the 4 man crew was working well together for 6 hours. The crew was climbing trees located on the outer fringes of a harvest block using standard gear. The crew was topping and spiral pruning trees, known as ‘wind-firming’. The terrain was gentle sloping (<10%), the stand consisted of 70 year old second growth fir, hemlock and cedar.

One of the climbers fell 51 feet to the forest floor. He had just completed topping a hemlock, hooked the grapple solidly and rappelled over to this new tree. He set his spurs in the bole of the tree, threw his climbing strap around the stem of the new tree.

The climbing strap is attached to the left side of the climber’s belt on a “D” ring and the free end of the climbing strap has a certified carabineer on the end. Once the strap is thrown around the tree the carabineer on the free end of the climbing strap is to be clipped into the “D” ring on the right side of the climber’s belt. Once the carabineer is clipped in the climber is to visual check to ensure the carabineer is, in fact, clipped into the “D” ring correctly. During this time the climber is still attached to the rappelling line. In this instance the climber had a hook attached to his climbing belt just behind the location of the “D” ring on his right side. (Photo 1) He inadvertently hooked into the power saw hook NOT the “D” ring. (Photo 2) The climber looked down for his visual check (photo 3&4) and thought that he saw the carabeener locked into the “D” ring. It is important to note the climber would have done this process as many as several hundred times that day. He checked his spur placement and put his full weight onto his strap and spurs, and released his claw line and rappelling line. As he pulled the rappelling line to recover it he rotated his hips and body to the left. This action changed the angle of the power saw hook, the climbing strap slipped off the end of the saw hook.

He fell 51 feet to the ground and landed on his right side. Miraculously, he walked out of the hospital 3 hours later with only bruising.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Review safe work procedures and rewrite for clarity. Retrain crew in the fulfillment of the intention of the safe work procedures. Review the incident report with the climbing crew and check gear conflicts. Remove or modify gear with any similar conflict. Review visual check procedure, rewrite and implement so it never happens again. Rewrite weekly and monthly safety audits to observed work practices capture this and similar critical actions. Write a clear policy statement regarding gear modification.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jason Kemmler, Operations Manager, 250-701-1911

File attachments
2008-04-14 Climber fall to forest floor.pdf

Manual harvesting/bucking

Location: 
Queen Charlotte Islands
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-04
Company Name: 
Edwards & Associates Logging Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A faller falling right of way stopped to have lunch. There was snow on the ground and it was cold. The faller started a small fire to warm his hands using a single portion yogurt container ¼ full of gas. The faller reported extinguishing the fire after lunch and returning to work. The faller worked for about 1 hour, enough time to use a full tank of gas and returned to the lunch break area to refuel his saw. While refueling the saw, the faller spilled fuel on his safety pants and crossed the area of the previous lunch fire to get a rag from his backpack. Once the faller crossed this area, he saw an orange flash and saw his power saw and safety pants on fire. The faller threw his saw, and tried to extinguish the fire, but not before receiving second and third degree burns to the thigh and groin area. The faller was treated at the scene by a Level 3 First Aid Attendant and then evacuated by helicopter to the nearest hospital and later transported to the Burn Unit in Vancouver.

The investigation team members were not able to conclusively determine the source of ignition. There was no evidence found by team members to suggest a fire may have been smoldering, as there was no burnt or singed debris on the ground or area.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

As a corrective action, we have added to our falling JSB that there must be a 5 meter no refueling zone around lunch fires or any ignition source. All fires must also be visually and hand inspected to ensure they are completely extinguished.

The faller is still off work due to his injuries.

File attachments
2007-12-04 Faller Recieves Burn to Legs.pdf

Manual harvesting/bucking

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-27
Company Name: 
Long Shot Holdings Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Due to road builders falling the right of way into the standing timber, an entangled mess of trees was left standing at the north end of the block. A faller was sent in to clear out the mess. The faller attempted to straighten the mess and in doing so a tree slid down another; which had been left fallen down through the standing timber. This caused the ground that the faller was working around to become unstable.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

A loader could not knock the trees down because of the steepness of the right of way. It was decided to drag the trees over with the lines of the grapple yarder. It was noted that this was a high hazard incident and the outcome could have been worse than it was. All employees were reminded that everyone has the right to refuse unsafe work.

INVESTIGATION: It was shown that the road builders had fallen the right of way trees into the standing timber. This made it hard for a loader to knock them down as the slope was to steep on the right of way. The faller attempted to fall the trees and after the way the first tree came down the faller refused to attempt the others. The faller did the right thing.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Laura Olynyk

Long Shot Holdings

File attachments
2007-12-27 Faller close call.pdf

Manual harvesting/bucking

Location: 
Clearwater
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-14
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Hand faller fell small Pine tree which landed on some debris on ground kicking up small piece of slash that came back and hit him in the knee causing a loud snapping noise. He had previously bucked some slash in the path of the tree prior to falling it. The faller continued to work as no pain was experienced but began to notice incomplete functioning of his knee. He still finished his day (he only had a few trees left) then went to hospital. Doctor diagnosed him with a 3rd degree tear of NCL tendon on his right knee. He will be off work or on light duty for approximately 6 weeks.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Review with hand fallers the concept of taking a few steps further away from falling trees when working in areas of heavy slash loading. Also to continue and possibly enhance practice of bucking slash in path of falling trees even though in this case the chunk which hit him may have already been bucked.

File attachments
2007-12-14 Faller Tears NCL Tendon.pdf

Crew Transport

Location: 
Km 22.5 Eakin Creek FSR (coming from Highway 24) Little Fort, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-06-13
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The following incident occurred on a tree-planting project. The description is based on the interviews with all five occupants of the vehicle, conducted on June 13, 2008 between 2:20 pm and 6:30 pm.

On the morning of June 13 there were five people traveling to work in a 2008 Dodge, 1-ton crew cab with a tree canopy. The crew boss was driving. All 5 occupants of the vehicle were wearing their seatbelts. The truck box and tree canopy contained only a few partial boxes of trees (approximately 300 total), fire equipment (2 packs, 3 shovels, 2 Pulaski, a spill kit, planter’s bags and personal gear.

The crew had been travelling on the same route to access their planting blocks for the previous 3 days. The truck left the pavement and turned down Eakin Creek FSR in two-wheel drive. The driver called “Down Eakin at 24 km” and then proceeded down Eakin. It was raining considerably at the time (high setting on windshield wipers). Occupants report that the vehicle was travelling between 30 and 50 km/hr and there was normal everyday conversation while listening to satellite radio. As the crew cab approached the first bend in the road the truck slid out and the driver felt a loss of control of the vehicle as it slid to the right side of the road. The driver reports that he began tapping the brakes to try to regain control and then feeling the truck continuing to slide toward the ditch. The truck nearly came to a stop and then rolled over an embankment (approximately 3-4 metres) towards Eakin Creek, landing upside down. The air bags were not employed. All occupants were able to unbuckle their seatbelts and exit the vehicle safely. The driver checked the vehicle for possible fuel leaks and found none. The workers were found by a passing road crew and transported to a nearby fishing resort. From there, the driver called the owner of the company, via satellite phone to report the incident at approximately 8:00 am.

No serious injuries were sustained and all 5 workers returned to work the following day.

Statement of Causes:

  • The road is narrow on this bend with no ditch and a narrow shoulder that drops off towards the creek. In order to anticipate oncoming traffic the tendency is to stay slightly wide to the right. The road has a slight lean towards the creek at this point (to the right).
  • Due to the rain, the non-compacted edge of the road was more slippery than usual.
  • A swab substance test was conducted with the driver. The results were negative.
  • Driver and crew ruled out fatigue as a factor.
  • Based on interviews there were no distractions to the driver at the time.
  • Interviews with the vehicle occupants state that the vehicle was travelling at a safe speed prior to the incident (50km/hr maximum). The driver is in his second season as management on the project and has up-to-date driver training and familiarity with the roads in the area. A review of written Mid-Season Planter Reviews shows positive feedback on the driver’s safe driving habits.

Root Cause:

  • Slippery conditions / Upset or changed conditions
  • Not using 4-wheel drive as a preventative tool.
  • One can always drive slower when conditions change.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The Company held a Safety Meeting, with the camp involved on Saturday, June 14th at 7:00 am. The following topics were discussed with the camp:

  • “Seat belts minimized the injuries to the workers and possibly saved their lives.”
  • A reminder to remain diligent about seat belt use in all company vehicles at all times.
  • “Safe Start” review (Mental safety tool to check your state of mind while at work)
  • R.A.D.A.R. review (Mental safety tool to recognize and adapt safely to changing conditions)
  • All company drivers reminded to adjust speed according to conditions—I.E. rain, wet roads.
  • All company drivers reminded to use 4-wheel drive when experiencing wet road conditions
  • Safety Alert was sent to all Company Management and Safety Officers and to The BC Forest Safety Council.

 

File attachments
2008-06-13 truck slids off road.pdf

Crew Transport

Location: 
Mackenzie, BC, 31.8 km on Finlay Forest Service Road (FSR)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-10-20
Company Name: 
Associated Engineering
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

After completing a close proximity bridge inspection 187 kilometres out on the Finlay FSR, the employee was returning to Mackenzie for the evening. As the worker approached the bridge crossing, Tsedaka Creek at 32 km the driver side front tire blew. The driver tried to retain control of the vehicle however, due to the blown tire and the curve in the road, the vehicle collided with the guardrail, and the passenger side of the vehicle jumped the rail.

Once on the guardrail, the vehicle slid the entire length of the bridge and came to a stop at the concrete barrier on the opposite side of the bridge.

The driver did not sustain any injuries, and the vehicle had an estimated damage of $2,000.
Root Causes:

  • Improper tires for the work required, stock all-season tires.
  • Poor visibility, the incident occurred at 8:00 pm (dark).
  • Deteriorating road conditions, the temperature was 0° Celsius.
  • Extended work day.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • When using rental vehicles inspect tires to ensure they are in good condition, and suitable for performing the work required.
  • Drive to the road conditions (limited visibility and traction).
  • Be aware that working extended hours may result in slower reaction times. Take rest breaks when driving for/or working extended hours.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Sandra Nielsen: 604-293-1411

File attachments
2007-10-20 Truck Jumps Gaurdrail After Tire Blows.pdf

Crew Transport

Location: 
4900 Road
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-02-21
Company Name: 
Westroad Resource Consultants
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Crew in pickup was driving empty on the 500/4900 road system. The crew changed to the appropriate road channel once on the 4900 road and began calling kilometers. They called at 4938, 4940, 4942, 4944, 4946. The crew did not hear any other traffic calling so they did not call at 4948. While driving over a hill at approximately 4948.25km, the crew met a loaded logging truck traveling in the middle of the road. The loaded truck had to swerve back into his lane and the crew just managed to drive by the truck in their lane and avoid a collision.

Fortunately, when the loaded truck had to swerved abruptly, his load stayed on. Both vehicles continued in the direction they were headed.

The crew then called the truck on the radio and asked him if he could hear their
radio. He said that this was the first time he had heard anybody on the radio.

The crew tested their truck radio back at the office at the end of the day and it was
working fine on send and receive.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. Always drive forestry roads with the assumption that somebody may be coming at you in the other direction at any given time.
  2. Always call road kilometers, even if you don’t hear other traffic on the road.
  3. Inform the client of the close call and suggest that they remind all drivers (pickups and logging trucks) on forestry roads to always call kilometers and conduct radio checks to ensure that radios are working properly.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jim Kurta
Westroad Resource Consultants Ltd.
Quesnel, B.C.
250-992-2987

File attachments
2008-02-21 Near Collision with Loaded Logging Truck.pdf

Crew Transport

Location: 
Port McNeill Forest Operation
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-03-14
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Pickup 3065 was heading up Branch W 173 in 2nd gear, traveling at approx. 20 km/h, to check on the Cat Operator.

A trainee Cat Operator was driving pickup 3835 down the hill in 3rd gear, traveling at approx. 50-60kmh, to get the grader to assist the Cat Operator with snow removal.

The 3065 was rounding an uphill left hand curve in the road (10% grade) when unexpectedly the 3835, which was carrying a full tidy tank of diesel, appeared rounding the same corner from the opposite direction.

Both drivers, who were wearing seatbelts, braked hard. Due to the short time frame/distance between the two vehicles, the 3065 was able to stop, but was not able to get completely in the clear before the 3835 collided into the front end.

There were no injuries.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. Drivers must always drive to the road conditions.
  2. Drivers must expect the unexpected.
  3. Although driving by the radio is not advocated, it is an effective tool that should be used to communicate, especially in upset conditions.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Vince Devlin 250-956-5318 or vdevlin@westernforest.com

File attachments
2008-03-14 Front-End Collision.pdf
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