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Operator sustains injury as loader drops log, shakes violently

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
Coastal Woodlands (Vancouver Island)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2019-01-09
Company Name: 
INTERFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A Front End Loader Operator sustained a serious cut between fingers, requiring surgery. The loader (966H) was travelling on a dry land sort carrying a very heavy load of 3 Hemlock logs (max. load or overweight). Operator was wearing seat belt.

The operator slowed and turned on the approach to a log bunk. Inertia caused the front of machine to dip with the grapple hitting pavement. The back end of loader lifted off the ground and the operator released a large log from the grapple. This caused the rear to abruptly drop.

The loader violently shook and the operator’s hand flung approximately 8 inches, catching a finger in a metal latch (originally hood latch type, with after market change made).

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Equipment must be inspected and records kept for unsafe working conditions. This includes: sharp objects, guarding, escape hatches and other safety devices, hazards from modifications, ergonomics and maintenance issues.
  • Manufacturer’s specified payloads must not be exceeded and operators must travel at safe speeds. Extra time is required to stop when carrying loads.
  • Supervisors must regularly observe equipment for care and control while logs are handled/moved.
  • Unsafe equipment must be locked out immediately, with repairs done and/or hazards removed prior to operating.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Gary Bauer, Safety Coordinator: Gary.Bauer@Interfor.com

File attachments
Safety_Alert_Interfor-Coastal_Woodlands_Loader_Operator_Suffers_Hand_Injury-01-9-2019.pdf

Pup trailer detached while leaving loading area

Safety Alert Type: 
Loading and Shipping
Location: 
Grand Forks Sawmill
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2019-01-02
Company Name: 
INTERFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A driver entered the yard with his rear trailer on top of the front trailer and had attached the two trailers before he was loaded.

The fifth wheel had some accumulation of grit and ice which the driver tried to remove before attaching the trailer. After being loaded and driving forward 60 metres, the fifth wheel detached between the two trailers of the Super B and the rear trailer brakes locked up (photos in attached pdf).

The rear trailer slid 4 metres and stopped, resting on the landing gear. A post incident inspection determined that grit and ice in the locking mechanism prevented the “dogs” from fully locking into place and securing the connection.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • A Supervisor must complete a Hazard Assessment on trailers that are stacked and have to be attached before loading to ensure fifth wheel connections are free of debris
  • Trailers that are stacked must have their fifth wheel covered to prevent dirt and debris from building up on the locking mechanism.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Darrell Whelan, Safety Coordinator: Darrell.Whelen@Interfor.com

File attachments
Safety_Alert_Interfor-Grand_Forks-Pup_Trailer_Detached-01-2-2019.pdf

Forklifts collide in lumber yard

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
Chase, BC (Adams Lake Sawmill)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-12-19
Company Name: 
INTERFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Forklift 2 was loaded and travelling through a lumber yard in reverse heading towards the planer infeed. Forklift 2 came around a blind corner and collided with loaded forklift 1 who was travelling, also in reverse, into the lumber yard.

Forklift 2 collided into oncoming forklift 1’s load, narrowly avoiding a direct collision with the operator cab (see photos in attached pdf).

This incident had the potential for a head on collision at a combined relative speed of 36 km/h, as indicated on the dash cam footage of both forklifts.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Lumber runways are not to encroach into roadways causing large blind spots
  • Slow down, stop, and look prior to proceeding around blind spots in lumber yards
  • Use additional care and attention when merging from secondary roadways to primary roadways
  • Drive at safe speeds! Loaded mobile equipment takes longer to slow down and stop
  • Maintain communication when entering congested areas
  • Outfit mobile equipment with blue lights or safety whips/flags for better visibility.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Daniel Ruzic, Safety Coordinator: Daniel.Ruzic@interfor.com

File attachments
Safety_Alert_Interfor-Adams_Lake-Forklift_Collision_12-19-2018.pdf

Forestry worker falls through ice while snowshoeing on a day off

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Wilson Lake (near Peachland, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2019-01-06
Company Name: 
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While enjoying a day off, a forestry worker fell through ice and into the lake. He was leading a group of people snowshoeing when he suddenly fell though the ice, ending up chest deep. He had crossed this same location many times throughout the years, but never had fallen through the ice. Fortunately, people in his group were able to reach him with their hands from the edge and pull him out.

It is not easy to extract yourself with snowshoes on and felt packs full of swamp water (not to mention feeling a bit panicky, as he could not touch the bottom). Had he been alone he quite possibly would not have been able to escape.

Another factor on his side was the outside temperature of minus -3. Any colder and the 1.5 kilometre walk out would have been dangerous, being soaking wet from the extremely cold water.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Avoid waterways unless absolutely sure of ice conditions
  • Don’t trust any ice conditions when working alone
  • Always pack extra socks and some small plastic bags to put over your feet if they do get wet.

Lake Ice Conditions:

  • 7 cm (3 inches) or less - STAY OFF
  • 10 cm (4 inches) - ice fishing, walking, cross country skiing
  • 12 cm (5 inches) - one snowmobile or ATV
  • 20 - 30 cm (8 - 12 inches) - one car or small pickup truck • 30 - 38 cm (12 - 15 inches) - one medium truck (pickup or van)

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Doug Campbell, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. (250) 768-5131

File attachments
Hazard_Alert-Worker_Through_Ice_While_Snowshoeing-Gorman_Bros-Jan_6-2019.pdf

Snowplow goes through shop door

Safety Alert Type: 
Mechanical Service (Shop)
Location: 
Gilchrist, OR
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-12-14
Company Name: 
INTERFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Vehicle was parked inside the truck shop with the bay doors closed. Employee opened door of the sander / snowplow truck and reached in and started the vehicle.

The truck was in gear and lurched forward, crashing through the garage door. The truck traveled approximately three truck lengths before the employee was able to catch the truck and reach in and turn off the key.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • The clutch depression relay that requires that the clutch to be depressed in order to start the vehicle had been jumped and by-passed. It is not known when or by whom the relay was by-passed.
  • A new harness has been ordered and installed by the mechanic.
  • Employee was coached on the hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Employee was reinstructed on safe vehicle operation according to the Job Safety Analysis.
  • Never chase down runaway vehicles or equipment as there is a high risk of being pulled under and / or crush injuries.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dave Johnson, EHS Coordinator Dave.Johnson@interfor.com

File attachments
Safety Alert-Interfor-SnowplowThroughShopDoor-Gilchrist-Dec 14-2018.pdf

Lift truck fork strikes kiln track, worker impacts steering assist knob

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
Port Angeles, WA
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-12-12
Company Name: 
INTERFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A lift truck traveling at 14.8 km/h stopped immediately when the right fork struck a kiln track. The operator’s chest impacted the steering assist knob. As a result, the employee was taken to the emergency room and diagnosed with internal bruising to the sternum area.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Forklift operators need to know where their forks are at all times.
  • Forks should be carried approximately front axle height or a reasonable minimum distance from the operating surface (Hyster 155FT front axle height is about 16 inches high – this is at or below knee height and should be adjusted to a reasonable minimum distance).
  • Never travel with the mast tilted forward.
  • Make a production plan. A safe and acceptable production pace can be maintained to reduce pressure for crew members. Pre-staging or increasing manpower during fast product runs needs to be addressed before every production run.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Sean Murphy, EHS Coordinator, Port Angeles Sean.Murphy@interfor.com

 

File attachments
Safety Alert-Interfor-Lift Truck Fork Height-Port Angeles-Dec 12-2018.pdf

Wagner strikes parked vehicle in log yard

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Sorting
Location: 
Grand Forks, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-12-10
Company Name: 
INTERFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A Wagner operator returned to the scale shack equipment cache in the Wagner to retrieve gear.

After retrieving the gear, the operator proceeded to run the Wagner north and out of the sample yard.

The operator lost track of a parked sand truck and made contact with the left drive tires of the Wagner causing significant damage to the parked vehicle.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • All mobile equipment must slow down, never rush, and wait for assistance if necessary. Meet with operators frequently to discuss rules of the log yard.
  • Log yard unloading cycle times must never take precedence over site safety!
  • In this log yard, parked vehicles or equipment will no longer be stored in close proximity to the Wagner’s normal travel route.
  • Should there be an upset condition, all equipment operators must request a hazard assessment be completed by a Supervisor prior to proceeding.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jake Remo, Sawmill Superintendent, Grand Forks

Jake.Remo@interfor.com

 

File attachments
Safety Alert-Interfor-Wagner Strikes Parked Vehicle-Grand Forks-Dec 10-2018.pdf

Carbon monoxide leak on camp barge sends worker to hospital

Safety Alert Type: 
Hazardous Materials
Location: 
Coastal BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-11-30
Company Name: 
INTERFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

One of Interfor’s leased barges had an exhaust leak in a boiler in the light plant room in the basement.

A worker in the room above suffered from the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide inhalation. The worker was sent to the hospital for oxygen therapy. This was a Lost Time incident.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Gasoline-powered tools, natural gas heaters, kilns, furnaces and boilers all produce Carbon Monoxide.
  • Daily inspections of engines and fuel fired equipment on barges and in camps are mandatory.
  • Exhaust leaks must be immediately addressed. This may require locking out equipment until repair is complete.
  • Most cookhouse’s have Carbon Monoxide detectors but more must be installed including in common areas.
  • Signs must be posted on barges and in camps where there is a risk to of Carbon Monoxide exposure.
  • Employers must develop and implement an effective exposure control plan which includes training workers and supervisors if there is a risk of Carbon Monoxide exposure.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Gary Bauer, Coastal Woodlands Operations Gary.Bauer@interfor.com

 

File attachments
Safety Alert-Interfor-Carbon Monoxide in Barge-Coastal Woodlands-Nov 30-2018.pdf

Blasting Close Call: Rock travels 500 metres, penetrates camp cookhouse roof

Safety Alert Type: 
Road Building/Deactivation
Location: 
Coastal BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-11-30
Company Name: 
INTERFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An Interfor Coastal Woodland’s road building contractor had a very serious fly rock incident, with a 6-inch rock penetrating through a cookhouse roof.

The cookhouse was occupied at the time and the rock landed within 6 meters of workers. The blue arrow in picture on the left points to hole in roof.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Road crew blasting took place approximately 500 metres of horizontal distance and 400 metres of vertical distance upslope above the cookhouse. Cookhouse workers below were not notified of blast other than via whistles. Helicopter in area did not hear blast notification on radio frequency.

All Blaster’s must know:

  • Blast location on map relative to all workers, structures, boats, aircrafts or other human activity.
  • Where occupied structures are within blasting interphase and must implement a communication plan with the occupants, with direction to clear the structure and move to an established safe zone. Blaster is responsible to ensure blast zone is clear and maintained with guards in place.

Aircraft notification to be improved by broadcasting a 1-minute notification as well as the 5-minute notification on radio frequency. Aircraft are noisy so the radio caller must speak clearly with microphone close to mouth.

No blasting within 1 km of an occupied dwelling. If there is any question as to risk to people, property, aircraft and/or boats, STOP and report to Supervisor.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Gary Bauer, Coastal Woodlands Operations

Gary.Bauer@interfor.com

 

File attachments
Safety Alert-Interfor-Blasting Close Call-Coastal Woodlands-Nov 30-2018.pdf

Potential undetonated or misfired charge found

Safety Alert Type: 
Road Building/Deactivation
Location: 
Adams Lake Woodlands (Shuswap Region)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2018-11-21
Company Name: 
INTERFOR
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A new road construction contractor was hired to continue with an existing project. While exposing the surface area under the previously blasted material, a potentially misfired or undetonated charge was discovered.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Upon discovering a potentially undetonated or misfired charge, immediately mark the area, and evacuate to a designated ‘safe zone’.
  • Implement effective traffic control on public roads (No Unauthorized Entry sign, barricade road from traffic).
  • Contact WorkSafeBC to report the potential hazard, and discuss required control measures to mitigate public exposure.

Best Practices to Follow:

  • Review blasting records to understand explosive type and hole pattern.
  • Ensure an excavator is on site after blasting, so area can be properly ‘mucked out’ and blaster can assess blasting success on all holes.
  • Educate non-blasting crews on what misfired holes or undetonated explosives look like.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Erik Kok, Operations Superintedent

Erik.Kok@interfor.com

 

File attachments
Safety Alert-Interfor-Undetonated Charge Found-Adams Lake-Nov 21-2018.pdf
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