Manual harvesting/bucking

Location: 
Queen Charlotte Islands
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-12-04
Company Name: 
Edwards & Associates Logging Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A faller falling right of way stopped to have lunch. There was snow on the ground and it was cold. The faller started a small fire to warm his hands using a single portion yogurt container ¼ full of gas. The faller reported extinguishing the fire after lunch and returning to work. The faller worked for about 1 hour, enough time to use a full tank of gas and returned to the lunch break area to refuel his saw. While refueling the saw, the faller spilled fuel on his safety pants and crossed the area of the previous lunch fire to get a rag from his backpack. Once the faller crossed this area, he saw an orange flash and saw his power saw and safety pants on fire. The faller threw his saw, and tried to extinguish the fire, but not before receiving second and third degree burns to the thigh and groin area. The faller was treated at the scene by a Level 3 First Aid Attendant and then evacuated by helicopter to the nearest hospital and later transported to the Burn Unit in Vancouver.

The investigation team members were not able to conclusively determine the source of ignition. There was no evidence found by team members to suggest a fire may have been smoldering, as there was no burnt or singed debris on the ground or area.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

As a corrective action, we have added to our falling JSB that there must be a 5 meter no refueling zone around lunch fires or any ignition source. All fires must also be visually and hand inspected to ensure they are completely extinguished.

The faller is still off work due to his injuries.

File attachments
2007-12-04 Faller Recieves Burn to Legs.pdf
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