Mechanical Harvesting

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Jordef Enterprises
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Mechanic partially crushed his right arm/hand while working on a feller buncher Madill 2250.
In the process of checking the hydraulics for an abnormal noise in one of the valve sections, while boom functions were being worked, his right arm/hand became pinched by the moving cover attached to the boom base. Had it not been for the quick reaction by the operator, the mechanic could have lost his hand. Mechanic received several stitches plus a sore arm and had to work only at a light duty level for a week.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. The mechanic did not evaluate the situation for hazard risks before placing his hand/arm adjacent to the moving cover.
  2. Poor lighting may have contributed to the problem as incident occurred in early morning. A trouble light should have been placed in the area he was working to help identify any risks.


File attachments
2008-01-25 Mechanic Crushed While Working On Buncher.pdf
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