Log pushed into cab emphasizes the importance of completing a tug test

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Mesachie Lake (south Vancouver Island)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-04-20
Company Name: 
Mount Sicker Lumber Co. Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

After being loaded, a logging truck proceeded downhill. When stopping at an intersection the jeep came ahead, pushing a log through the bulk head /head ache rack and into the cab, narrowly missing the driver.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • The driver did not perform a tug test once loaded, before proceeding downhill
  • Best practise: Perform a tug test every time, before leaving the landing to ensure the jeep dogs are in and set.

 

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Safety_Alert_Mount_Sicker_Lumber_2016-4-20.pdf

Inspection of log truck reveals broken frame

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
Campbell River Forest District
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-05-25
Company Name: 
Fearless Log Salvage Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The driver of a self-loading log truck reported to the shop that he noticed his truck was handling differently.

After a quick inspection, he suspected that one front spring had a broken leaf.

When the mechanics arrived to carry out repairs, they found the frame was broken behind the loader mount.

The truck was taken out of service.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Regular thorough inspections of the truck are essential and are not limited to pre/post trip inspections.

Should you notice a difference in the driving/operational performance of your truck, it is imperative that the cause be accurately diagnosed to ensure continued safe operation.

The increased frequency of these inspections is even more critical when hauling on rough roads or carrying heavier weights.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Fearless Log Salvage Ltd. (250) 286-6630

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Safety_Alert_Fearless_Log_Salvage-2016-5-25.pdf

Log truck driver loses trailer brakes on 23% grade, crashes truck into ditch

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Location: 
TFL 39 (Vancouver Island)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-05-12
Company Name: 
Kurt Leroy Trucking Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A loaded logging truck was travelling down an 18-24% grade section of the spur road in first gear when the driver felt the load pushing.

As the driver engaged the brakes and pulled on the hand valve, the truck “hopped” and it was apparent the trailer brakes were not engaged.

With no relief for nearly 400 metres further down the road, the driver feared losing control of the truck due to an upcoming switchback. He removed his seatbelt and initially planned to jump from the truck but instead decided to put the rig into the ditch. The driver estimates he was travelling at a speed of 15 – 20 km/h.

Investigation confirmed the brakes on the tractor (lining, drums, etc) were all within acceptable limits and found to be in good working order. However, it was discovered that a compression fitting used to splice the service air line to the trailer’s air tanks had failed and leaked air. The fitting’s furls had not been crimped properly to the air line and the brass fitting not tightened properly to hold the splice in place.

While the driver did conduct a pre-trip inspection and a cursory check to see the air line was repaired, he did not examine the fitting closely.

The driver stated he did not have any issues while being loaded (as he would have engaged his maxi’s). The landing bucker stated he did not hear any air leaks however the noise from the loader’s engine would have hampered the ability to hear any leaks. Prior to departing for the log sort, the driver did a tug test with the hand valve and determined all to be okay.

As a result of the incident, the log truck driver suffered some small cuts and bruises but more seriously, had also fractured a vertebra in his neck.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • The driver acknowledged not following safe job procedures (SJP) regarding seatbelt use, and failed to conduct a thorough check of the air line splice repair
  • The subcontractor acknowledged the repair had not been inspected by a supervisor
  • Prior to leaving the landing with a load of logs, drivers must ensure they complete a tug test and confirm all air systems are functioning normally
  • Steep grade assessments must be completed prior to hauling on grades great than 18%
  • Log truck drivers should always wear seat belts while driving to prevent injuries in the event of an accident
  • All repairs to braking systems should be thoroughly checked and tested for air leaks.

 

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Safety_Alert_Kurt_Leroy_Trucking_2016-5-12.pdf

Staying hydrated: Not just a summertime concern

Safety Alert Type: 
Weather
Location: 
Grand Forks area
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-06-01
Company Name: 
Interfor (Interior Operations)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Layout worker had been out all day in the heat and ran out of water before the end of the work day, resulting in dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Minor dehydration symptoms include thirst and dry mouth, decrease in urine, dry skin, headache, constipation and dizziness
  • Major signs include sunken eyes, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, delirium or unconsciousness
  • Always carry more water than you think you will need. Keep reserves in your vehicle
  • Set up a buddy system to enable workers to look out for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness in each other
  • Use wide brimmed hard hats
  • Find shade when possible.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Lana Kurz, RFP, Woodlands Safety, Interior Operations, lana.kurz@interfor.com                  (250) 679-6838

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Safety_Alert_Interfor_Dehydration-June_1_2016.pdf

Roadside gunfire an emerging threat to forestry workers, recreation seekers

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Resource roads throughout the province of British Columbia
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-05-24
Company Name: 
Western Silvicultural Contractors' Association
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Reckless target shooting is a growing threat to forestry workers around the Province. The fear is it’s only a matter of time before a worker gets caught in the crossfire.

In the Fraser Valley specifically, contractors report it is such a hazard that foresters have cancelled silviculture projects for fear workers will get shot by indiscriminate roadside shooters.

Planters have learned it’s best to stay home on the weekends when gun owners arrive in greater numbers on forest service roads and cut-blocks and begin firing.

Besides shooting trees and signs, irresponsible gun owners often bring old household appliances and furniture to set up as targets.

They leave the roadside covered in spent shells on dozens of sites throughout the working forests in the area.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The BC SAFE Silviculture Program (www.wsca.ca) has committed to sorting out the authorities involved and in the hope of proposing measures to keep workers safe.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

The Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association: www.wsca.ca  

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Safety_Alert_Roadside Gunfire_2016-May 24.pdf

Rushing to complete task results in ATV incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Vehicles
Location: 
Kirton Creek, Summerland, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-05-17
Company Name: 
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Worker was completing quality checks on tree planters on a large cut block, using an All-Terrain Vehicle to get around. While heading back to the pickup, worker was observing the block above the road and hit a water bar unexpectedly, causing the worker to be thrown from the quad.

Worker was aware of water bars on the road, but misjudged the distance between them and was not looking ahead. Worker was also rushing to get back to their pickup, in order to load up and move to a different cut block to continue quality checks.

First aid was provided in the field, and worker proceeded to the local ER where they received stitches.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Rushing results in carelessness and carelessness leads to accidents
  • Always keep eyes on the road/direction of travel when operating an ATV
  • Approach water bars with caution
  • Ensure proper PPE is used when operating mobile equipment
  • Keep First Aid supplies stocked and certifications current.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Stefanie Bulmer, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd (250) 768-6249

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Safety_Alert_Gorman_Bros_2016-5-17.pdf

Close Call: The importance of eye protection

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Residential property, Parksville, Vancouver Island
Company Name: 
Baseline Archaeological Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A worker was standing and monitoring a shallow machine excavation, which involved removing a small concrete structure.

While watching the digging, a small piece of debris flew through the air and into the worker’s eye.

The worker rinsed his eye with water and returned to work. No lost time, or first aid kit or attendant was required.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Ensure your PPE is appropriate for the task at hand. For example, plastic safety glasses opposed to a mesh face shield. This will stop all small airborne particles and dust from entering your eye
  • Only stand as close to a working machine as necessary for the task.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Baseline Safety Representative, Stephanie Allester at (250) 897-3853 or email sallester@shaw.ca 

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Safety_Alert_Baseline_2016-1-21.pdf

SLIPPING HAZARD: Caulk boots on rocky ground leave planter with broken wrist

Safety Alert Type: 
Silviculture
Location: 
Rivers Inlet (coastal BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-04-10
Company Name: 
Evergreen Forest Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

It was a clear, dry day as a tree planter was working a steep rocky cut block in one of B.C.’s mainland inlets. He’s a strong planter with 5 years’ experience in planting this type of challenging terrain.

It was the very end of the work day and the planter was heading back onto the block to help a buddy plant his last few trees. As usual it had been a grueling day, as this type of ground is very physically demanding. He had very recently changed his spikes so that his caulk boots were nice and sharp.

The planter began his descent from the logging road onto the block. The slope averaged about 60% but there were pitches in excess of 80%. The land below the road was covered in rocks cast over the side when the road was built, plus scattered slash and logging debris (see photos in attached document).

He stepped onto a large boulder and his sharp caulks skidded on the rock causing him to fall down and into a hole. He landed heavily and broke his wrist.

When interviewed he said that he probably shouldn’t have gone down into this challenging piece of land at the end of the day when he was tired and hungry.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Caulks can be a hazard when walking on rock as they make it very easy to slip and skate like you are on roller skates.
  • You have the right to refuse any work you think is unsafe; any work you determine puts you in imminent danger of injury.
  • Remember that there are certain times of the day when you are tired and perhaps you haven’t eaten for a while so your blood sugar is low. These are the times when you really need to focus and make sure that every step you take is a safe one, that you have tested every step and every handhold and always take the safest route, not the fastest one.
  • Do you have your whistle or hand held radio at the ready so you could call for help if this happened to you?

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Dave Jenkinson, Evergreen Forest Services Ltd. egn@netidea.com 

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Safety_Alert_Evergreen Forest Services-2016-04-10.pdf

Poor road and weather conditions: A dangerous combination

Safety Alert Type: 
Weather
Location: 
Northeastern BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-03-21
Company Name: 
EW Services Inc.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

One of EW Services Inc.’s drivers was injured in a single vehicle accident when the fully loaded logging truck they were driving came in contact with loose snow and material on the shoulder of the highway.

It was early morning and weather conditions were far from ideal: -4◦C, blowing snow, thick cover of snow on roadway, poor visibility - and maintenance crews had not gotten to that stretch of highway yet.

Driver was travelling at slower than highway speeds, had chains on and had engaged his rear differential locks but despite these interventions this incident was unavoidable.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Travel at appropriate speeds to the conditions
  • Maintain situational awareness and react to changing weather and road conditions
  • Allow yourself time to travel, it is not a race
  • Stop/take breaks if necessary
  • Recognize the potential for hazard before you encounter it. (e.g. have the highways been cleared yet? Does the FSR need a grader?)
  • Avoid soft shoulders and undefined road edges. If this creates a problem with other traffic then slow down to speeds appropriate enough to safely encounter other people
  • Always wear seatbelt and employ any available safety features
  • Never forget how much a fully loaded logging truck weighs and the potential for that kinetic energy to continue moving
  • Avoid any and all distractions while driving. (e.g. cell phones, etc.).

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

EW Services Inc. (250) 788-2054

File attachments
Safety_Alert_EW Services Inc-2016-3-21.pdf

Serious Incident: Driller's helper loosens cap on pressurized system

Safety Alert Type: 
Road Building/Deactivation
Location: 
BC Southern Interior (near Nakusp)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-01-13
Company Name: 
Galena Contractors Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A Driller's Helper was checking the water reservoir level on a tank drill but forgot to relieve the pressure built up in the system before removing the pressure cap. Just before the Drillers Helper had finished loosening the cap, it flew off its fitting and struck the worker's hard hat with such force that it knocked it off his head and into the air. The hard hat landed about 10 metres away from the worker, and the water reservoir cap landed some 20 metres away from its fitting.

The driller's helper sustained minor facial injuries (cut / bruised lip) and received on-site first aid (cleaned wound and applied band-aid).

This incident could have led to very serious injuries to the young worker.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

The young worker was interviewed during the incident investigation, and he was asked why he didn't relieve the system pressure with the relief valve before removing the reservoir cap. He said that although he had carried out the process a number of times prior to the incident, this time he was in a hurry and had forgotten to relieve the pressure first.

The young worker had participated in an initial Employee Orientation when he was hired but because this incident had the potential to cause serious injury and directly involved a young worker (under 26 years old), the young worker received another thorough, documented employee orientation with emphasis placed on reminding the worker to think before taking action.

The company decided that although the young worker had forgotten the safe work practice of checking the water reservoir safely, the company should re-assess the hazard and develop better controls to eliminate or reduce the hazard. The hazard could not be eliminated or substituted, so administrative controls were developed and implemented.

Those controls were:

  1. Develop pressurized system hazard warning labels and attach those labels beside areas of pressurized liquid systems that can be readily depressurized.
  2. Develop a dedicated Safe Work Practice (SWP) - "Pressurized Liquid Systems Safety" and incorporate the SWP into the company's Safety Management System.
  3. Ensure that all company personnel who are involved with pressurized liquid systems maintenance / repairs / work practices are trained to do so safely and are provided with relevant, documented Safe Work Practices.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Galena Contractors Ltd. Safety Coordinator - Dak Giles Phone: (250) 353-8978

File attachments
Safety_Alert_Galena_Contractors_Ltd_2016-1-23_Driller's_Helper_Loosens_Cap_on_Pressurized_System.pdf
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