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
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