Planting Freshly Burned Cutblocks

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-05-29
Company Name: 
Evergreen
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

It is a regular practice for forest companies to burn logged areas prior to planting them. In
some cases these areas are burned in the spring and the window for burning and then planting is quite narrow. There are several hazards that arise after blocks are burned.

First of all, burning tends to destabilize slash and debris that has accumulated on the slopes.
This debris is not always completely burned and what is left behind may have been moved or destabilized by the fire. There is a high potential for this material to move and settle in the
first few weeks after burning. An extra degree of caution should be exercised when moving
through these areas. Planters in particular should pay extra attention when touching or stepping on any slash, logs or rocks as these may move more easily than expected.

Where there’s fire there’s smoke and ash and dust! Freshly burned blocks are nasty places for a tree planter to work. With every step a planter takes, dust and ash is raised into the air. This makes breathing difficult and dangerous. It gets worse when a shovel is plunged into the ground.

Planters should make every effort to plant their trees down wind from where they stand to
minimize the amount of ash and dust they breathe in. We have tried wearing masks to minimize dust intake, but have found this only hinders breathing further due to the amount of exertion inherent in planting.

Ideally foresters should avoid having planters working on freshly burned blocks until significant rain has fallen or the site has had a couple of weeks to cool off and have the ash settle or dissipate. This cooling off period would also help allow the destabilized debris to settle, thus becoming less of a hazard.

File attachments
2007-05-29 Planting Freshly Burned Cutblocks.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Fort St. James, B.C.
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-06-26
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A gravel truck operator driving an end dump was spreading gravel when he noticed a root was stuck in the tailgate after his dump. He tried to pull the root out by hand and in doing so slammed his fingers in the tailgate when the root came out. He experienced minor bruising on three fingers but the potential for a serious injury was there.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

This alert is a reminder to use a tool such as a bar to safely remove debris to avoid injuries to hands.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Steve @ 250-996-8838

File attachments
2007-06-26 fingers piched in tailgate.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
NOOMAS RAILWAY BRIDGE – Half way between Woss and Port McNeill, BC.
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-04-11
Company Name: 
Surespan Construction Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

During the removal of the bridge’s decking, Worker was looking for
extra dunnage which would be used for the collection of the remaining timber ties on the
bridge. Worker went to the west side of the north abutment and underneath the girders
to look for spare dunnage. He found one piece, approximately 5ft long (40lbs or more),
and proceeded to rest it vertically against the outside girder on the west side of the north
abutment. When the Worker was just about to go back underneath the girders to look for
more dunnage, the newly-found piece suddenly started falling south towards the
Worker’s location. Fortunately, the Worker was able to get out of the way in time. Had
the Worker been unable to get out of the way, the Worker would have sustained injuries
to his neck and back.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Remind workers not to rush tasks;
• Remind workers to not lean/store items on terrain that is uneven, it will
increase the chance of the item falling over;
• Review Safe Work Practice for Materials Handling and Storage;
• Have toolbox meeting to discuss near-miss and corrective action;
• Discuss near-miss incident at the next OHS Committee Meeting.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

angie@surespan.com
www.surespanconstruction.com

File attachments
2007-04-11 close call with dunnage.pdf

Safety Alert

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-06-01
Company Name: 
Weyerhaeuser / BC Forestlands
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two employees were using a steam pressure washer to clean off some mobile equipment in the yard at the end of the day. When finishing up they then used the pressure washer to clean off their work boots. After finishing cleaning off his own boots, the one employee proceeded to wash the other employees’ boots off as that employee held his leg out. A stream of hot steam/water shot up under the tongue of the worker’s boot resulting in a scald on the top of his foot.

The employee had to get medical aid treatment for the burn.


High pressure steam can cause severe burns to exposed skin, and high pressure air from an air hose onto exposed skin can cause an embolism which can be fatal.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

It is UNACCEPTABLE to use a steam cleaner or an air hose:
•on exposed skin, or
•to clean off any apparel while being worn

And always use appropriate PPE (eye protection and gloves) while using this equipment.
If in doubt about safe operation of this type of equipment ask your supervisor.

File attachments
2007-06-01 steam pressure washer leads to burn.pdf

Worker Injured While Lifting Water Tank

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-10-04
Company Name: 
Galena Contractors Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A worker was injured while attempting to attach a water tank, which was mounted on a trailer, to a vehicle so the water tank could be moved to a new location.

The worker was using a jackall to raise the trailer hitch of the water tank so he could attach the hitch to the trailer ball mounted on the back of a vehicle. The worker had jacked the hitch to the required height and had backed the vehicle into position so the hitch could be lowered onto the trailer ball.

The jackall slipped as the worker was lowering the trailer hitch, and the handle struck him on the right side of his head. The worker experienced pain in his head, eye, and jaw. The employee went for medical attention, and there was lost time due to the injury.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. Jackalls can be very dangerous if used improperly or if used attempting to lift an object heavier than their
recommended capacity. A Safe Work Practice (SWP) regarding the use of jackalls should been developed by
employers, and the SWP should be circulated, reviewed, understood, and incorporated into practice.

2. It is extremely important to make sure at all times that the reversing catch of the jackall is in the upright position
whenever a load is held. Similarly, the operating handle should always be left in the upright position against the
rack when a load is on the toe.

3. The reversing catch of the jackall must never be released when the operating handle is in the lowered position
because with a heavy weight on the toe of the jack, that handle will almost certainly fly up against the rack. This
shock on the jackall will cause the handle to fly back down again as the pegs take their turn in lowering the load
rather rapidly, and that handle will continue in flying up and down until the load comes off the toe. If you have
lifted a load halfway up the jackall rack, that handle could easily fly in each direction a dozen times in a blur of
speed. The uncontrolled handle can cause serious injuries.

4. Maintain pressure on the jack handle while the load is being lowered – doing so will help ensure that the jack
handle does not spring up, and fly up and down as the load is released from the jackall.

File attachments
2007-10-04 Worker Injured While Lifting Water Tank.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Geographic Area Identified as Kitchen Creek located near Kinbasket Lake in the Golden TSA
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-08-01
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two workers were carrying a tank and went to place it in the back of a pick up. While lowering the tank one worker pinched a finger under the tank. The finger was also cut.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Ensure workers wear gloves and ensure that when items are placed down it is in such a manner that fingers will not become pinched. (i.e. carry tank by handles or place the object on a piece a wood to create a sufficient gap).

File attachments
2007-08-01 Pinched finger under tank.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Howe Sound DLS
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-10-14
Company Name: 
S. McKillop Logging Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two scalers were grading logs with a log tape between them. The edge of the steel tape caught one of the scaler’s right hand. He received one half inch cuts to both his middle and pinky fingers. He cleaned up the wounds himself and returned to work. Two days later his hand was swollen and he required antibiotic treatment.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Scalers must wear gloves while taping and grading logs.
Workers must seek immediate attention

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Scott McKillop (S. McKillop Logging Ltd.) 250-729-1100

File attachments
2007-10-14 Grading Results in Injury.pdf

Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
May Lake near Bamfield B.C.
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-10-16
Company Name: 
HFN Forestry L.P.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A four man shake and shingle crew were reloading a row of shingle blocks onto the
back of a flatbed truck after the row had fallen over due to moving unrestrained.
Two workers were on the deck of the truck and a third was handing up a block to
them when the nearly completed row fell over on them. The two workers on the
deck were pushed off by the falling blocks onto the third worker and the blocks
landed on top of them. One worker sustained a fractured bone in his foot, another
received a cut requiring five stitches and the third suffered bumps and bruises. The
accident investigation revealed that the shingle blocks were 20 inches long and the
two rows of blocks were placed on a 36-inch pallet making the front of the row
unstable.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Don’t take shortcuts. Take the time required to do things safely.
Never move a load without restraints.
Both rows should have been replied on a 40-inch pallet.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Mark Godard 250-204-7060 mark.godard@hfnforestry.com

File attachments
2007-10-16 Reloading Shingle Blocks Causes Injury.pdf

Close Call/Serious Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Geographic Area identified as Kitchen Creek located near Kinbasket Lake in the Golden TSA
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-07-17
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An excavator had been utilized on a cable harvesting operation as a mobile back spar. The planned use of the mobile back spar was limited to operationally feasible terrain. Part of the block was deemed too steep for the excavator.

After the planned use of the mobile back spar was completed, the excavator was to be moved and parked on benched terrain. The cable yarding crew was to begin stump rigging. Post mobile back spar use, the excavator operator decided to walk off the benched terrain straight down the hill on a gradient of approximately 63% for 7 to 8 meters prior to stopping. At this location the operator decided to construct a level spot, on 60% terrain adjacent to the excavator, to park the machine.

The operator constructed the pedestal and attempted to walk the machine to it, but then realized a stump was in the way. At this point, part of the track was sitting on a rock. The operator then focused on carefully removing the stump to complete the move. The operator finally plucked the stump from the ground and the jarring motion caused the excavator to slide sideways on the rock. The excavator began to roll. The excavator rolled down a 60% gradient for approximately 17 meters through logging slash and then another 80 meters at 63% gradient through the timber before coming to a rest against a tree. The operator safely exited the machine with minimal injuries.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Operator must follow supervisors instructions regarding avoiding identified steep terrain. Operator must take the time to properly assess down slope hazards and develop a plan prior to operating on steep terrain. Operator must adhere to the Contractors’ Safety Program procedure and WCB legislation regarding operating on steep terrain (procedures and legislation set limits for the machine and operator). Operator must not operate on terrain that is beyond the operators training, comfort zone and established procedures. Operator must safely stop and request for assistance if at any time the machine becomes or is perceived to become unstable.

File attachments
2007-07-17 Excavator rolls down hill.pdf

Incident

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Miller Main Bridge Site 5+800, Miller Main FSR
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-11-20
Company Name: 
Surespan Construction Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Worker was on the carbody of the crane (American 5460 – 55t Friction / Conventional rubber-tried crane), walking from controls in operators cab to the engine behind in order to de-energize the crane, shutting down for the day. While walking on the catwalk (approx. 6ft to 8ft in length, 2ft wide) secured to the outside of the cab, the catwalk gave way. The worker and the catwalk fell approx. 7ft into a small ditch with a slightly sloped grade. Worker sustained injury to left heel. Incident was reported immediately to Surespan Management.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Worker should have visually/physically inspected the catwalk and its “fastening”
mechanisms secured to the carbody after installing it during rigging/mobilization of the
crane;
• Completion of investigation with assistance of worker involved, Equipment Manager and
Senior Management;
• Review and amendment to Surespan’s Safe Work Practice for Crane Rigging and Hoisting
– circulate to workers;
• Arrange for the repair of catwalk (belonging to American 5460 crane);
• Review incident/investigation at the next Occupational Health and Safety Committee
Meeting;
• Refresher training of Surespan’s Safe Work Practices and Safe Job Procedures scheduled
for early January, 2008.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Angela Bester, Manager of Health & Safety, Surespan Construction Ltd.
Email: angie@surespan.com

File attachments
2007-11-20 Catwalk Collapses Causing Injury.pdf
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