Processor Operator Injured Entering Cab

Location: 
BC Southern Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-01
Company Name: 
Reitmeier Logging Ltd
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A processor operator was injured while pulling himself into the cab of the processor he was operating. The operator had finished changing the cutting chain on the processor, and as he was pulling himself up / into the cab of the machine, he experienced a “pop” in his left wrist and felt immediate pain in the wrist area.

The on site designated first aid attendant observed the injured area and recommended the worker get medical treatment – the worker was driven to Arrow Lakes hospital for further treatment.

The processor operator had undergone an operation involving his left wrist a few years prior to this incident. The operation was performed to reattach injured tendons.

The root cause of the injury may have been the predisposition of the left wrist that had previously been operated upon.
The wrist may have been in a “weakened” state and could not support the force of the operator pulling himself into the
operator’s cab of the processor.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Equipment operators should not use their full weight to pull themselves into the operator’s cab of the equipment they are running. Operators should maintain their balance and not rely on force when entering the cabs of their equipment.
2. Persons who may have weakened or previously injured body parts that may be vulnerable to stress should use extreme caution when maneuvering those parts.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Reitmeier Logging Ltd, New Denver, BC

File attachments
2007-11-01 Processor Operator Injured Entering Cab.pdf

Skidder Roll Over

Location: 
Radium Hot Springs BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-14
Company Name: 
M&H Logging Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The skidder operator was traveling down a 30% slope bringing a small drag of pine into the landing. The rear of the skidder slid sideways on a small dry pine that was laying across the slope. At the same time a 2 metre long by 25cm diameter pine log with root ball attached was wedged between the left front tire and the ground. The log helped lever the skidder over. The driver felt the skidder start to roll over and immediately dropped his blade and the drag. This failed to stop the skidder from rolling onto its side.

The operator was searing his seat belt and was unharmed. There was no damage to the skidder.

There was fresh snow on the ground which covered the hazards and made conditions slippery.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Skidder operator failed to clear debris from skidding path.
Skidder operator failed to avoid obstacles.
Review SWP Skidder Operator, Review results of investigation with crew.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

M&H Logging Ltd.

File attachments
2007-11-14 Skidder Roll Over.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-08-20
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

During operation, tilt cylinder eye broke off on a CAT TK722 Feller Buncher. Machines safety cable worked and no injury or damage was done.
If the safety cable failed, the car body could have flipped off track frame resulting in major damage to machine and possible injury to operator.
Upon investigation, a crack was found on the cylinder, causing it to break. This crack was not visible by the operator

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Even though machines are inspected daily, a more thorough check may be necessary. Removing the grease from around pins and bushings, will make any cracks in that area visible, preventing this type of incident from happening.
 

File attachments
2007-08-20 Tilt Cylinder Eye Broke Off.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Location: 
Race Point Dry Land Sort
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-12
Company Name: 
Ted LeRoy Trucking Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Near Mishap:
A log loader on a dry land sort was sorting logs and while doing so the cab tilt motor engaged causing the cab to start tilting forward. The cab proceeded to lift to the half way point then stopped. Upon investigating the incident it was discovered that one of the cab lockdown bolts was broken and the remaining bolt snapped off under pressure. The investigation revealed the wiring harness at the cab tilt switch had shorted out causing the cab tilt motor to engage.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1) Ensure this incident is reviewed with the manufacturer (wire harness cab switch engineering for possible update of design).
2) Operators to ensure cab lockdown bolts are tight and secure
3) There will be an addition to the mechanics service check sheet to ensure cab lockdown bolts are in place during service intervals.
4) This incident reinforces the importance of preventative maintenance. Please review this close call with all operators

For more information on this submitted alert: 

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

File attachments
2007-12-12 Broken Bolt Results in Close Call.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Location: 
Lumby, B.C
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-23
Company Name: 
R.J. Schunter Contracting Ltd
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A skidder operator was on a slope of 5% with a heavy drag, when the tire went over a stump. The drag pushed the skidder over onto its side.
The operator was wearing his seat belt and as a result was not injured. There was no damage to the skidder.
There was light snow and lots of debris on the ground, which may have contributed to the incident.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Make sure all obstacles are clear from skidder path.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

R.J. Schunter Contracting Ltd

File attachments
2007-11-23 Tire Hits Stump Resulting in Close Call.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Location: 
Tolko license area, approximately 120 km Northwest of Williams Lake
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-20
Company Name: 
Ken Ilnicki Developments Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Roadside decking of trees was being conducted by a grapple loader in conjunction with a 648 grapple skidder. The skidder operator was pulling drags of trees to the loader to be piled, with the intent of maximizing available roadside workspace.

One of the drags that were grabbed by the skidderman contained a tree that was pointed in the opposite direction from the rest of the drag. This tree was also situated such that it was not lying parallel with the rest of the drag, but rather was sticking up out of the pile at a 45-degree angle. The tree was too small to be merchantable and was likely pushed over by the buncher operator.

Weather conditions at the time were sunny skies. The skidderman was in a position where the sun was in his face as he was looking through the rear window backing the skidder up to the drag. The bright sun and high angle of the tree caused a visual impairment to the operator. Unaware of the tree protruding out, he pulled the drag towards the loader. The tree easily went between the protective metal guarding over the loader window and penetrated the window at head level, narrowly missing the operator. The loaderman tried turning the cab of the loader at the last minute when he saw the tree coming at him but was unsuccessful. He sustained no injuries, but had broken glass on his body and in his mouth. Both machines were radio equipped.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Loader operator shall place the machine in a position off to the side, where it is not directly in line with the skidding phase.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Benjamin R. Korving, RPF
Company Forester
Ken Ilnicki Developments Ltd.
korvings@telus.net

File attachments
2007-11-20 Visual Impairment Causes Near Miss.pdf

Supervisor Fatality

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
Kingcome TSA
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-02-03
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A supervisor for a road construction contractor was killed during preparations for blasting
in a quarry. Following an initial safety meeting and preparatory work to clear hazards, a
crew prepared the site for blasting.
At that point, a 29 inch diameter by 107 feet tall cedar tree, located on a steep slope 85
feet above the quarry, blew over. Two of three people on the crew escaped the falling
tree, but the supervisor was struck and killed beside the front wheel of the drill.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

While the details of this incident are under investigation, it brings into sharp focus the
need for ongoing site and hazard assessment throughout the shift, particularly when
working for long periods within a limited site such as a quarry, and the need for all
workers (especially ground workers) to pre-plan escape routes for if and when a
controlled hazard becomes uncontrolled.

File attachments
2007-02-03 Supervisor Fatality.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
West of Bear Lake on 3400 rd area BLK 254-002.
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-07-06
Company Name: 
North Aspect Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An employee of North Aspect Contracting was walking on a cut block and heard a growling nearby at the timber boundary. She witnessed a cougar traveling about 200m away along the boundary. She then noticed a deer running into the adjacent cut block as she was backing away. The cougar was hunting the deer. The employee contacted another employee working in the area by radio and they both left the block.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Always stay alert and attentive in your work environment. Look for signs that may prevent dangerous encounters with wildlife. Always have radio communication with work partner.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Nick Hawes 250-562-3835

File attachments
2007-07-06 Cose Call With Cougar.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
North White River, east of Canal Flats, B.C.
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-07-04
Company Name: 
Maple Leaf Forestry Consulting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two forestry workers conducting a stream assessment for timber development encountered a Grizzly Bear. The workers were approximately 40 meters apart when one the workers startled the bear. The bear then ran towards the other worker. Noting this, the worker quickly dove under a windfall for protection. The bear attempted to pull the worker out from under the windfall severely injuring his right leg and right arm. The worker was able to adjust himself squarely to the bear and kicked the bear directly in the face with his caulked boot. The bear then retreated and ran back towards the other worker. The other worker was aware the bear was approaching and was prepared to defend herself with Bear Spray. As the bear quickly approached she sprayed the bear with her spray and it instantly withdrew and retreated to the forest not to be seen again.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Make plenty of noise when working the bush whether you are alone or in pairs. Carry Bear Spray at all times when you’re in the bush. Wear Bear bells on your cruisers vest or backpack. Be Bear aware, look for the signs and make wise decisions.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Mark Serediuk, General Manager of Maple Leaf Forestry Consulting Ltd. (250) 489-0005.

File attachments
2007-07-04 Worker Encounters Grizzly Bear.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Location: 
1.4Km Blind Creek Main, Knights Inlet
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-07-05
Company Name: 
Marine Pacific Engineering Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Early in the day on the first day of a shift a grizzly bear tracked and followed an engineering crewman for about 20 minutes. The bear left sign (scat and alder scrapes) and the area smelled strongly of bear. The bear appeared to lose interest and the crewman thought he had left but instead the bear had gone ahead to a break in a rock bluff. From this crux he charged directly at the crewman, knocking down alder trees in the charge. About ten meters away from the crewman, the bear suddenly, and without any obvious reason, changed directions and ran down the hill away from the crewman. This was the first of many bear sighting and encounters over a four day shift.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1.Avoid known bear areas when bears are highly active and aggressive (summer/early fall).
2.Work in pairs when bears are an identified hazard.
3.Arm yourself.
4.Be alert and aware in grizzly country. Make Noise - don’t startle creatures.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jamie Alguire (250) 923-4023

File attachments
2007-07-05 Grizzly Bear follows crewman.pdf
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