Mechanical Harvesting

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Loader Operator was working on setting up roadside yarded logs for loading at approximately 5:30 am before yarding crew arrived. As loader was moving logs around a hemlock log slid down the hill in the dark and hit the backspar machine approx. 400 ft. below road.

Loaderman was not aware that a log had slid down and hit the backspar machine until the yarding crew arrived and noticed the cab on the backspar machine was missing.

No injuries resulted from this incident.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Keep separation between loading area and active yarding roads; make sure logs are stable on road or landing.

Yarding crew to be safe distance from the active yarding road during any operations, and do not sit in backspar machine during active yarding.

File attachments
2007-12-17 Log Hits Backspar Machine.pdf
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