Mechanical Harvesting

Location: 
Cowichan
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-03-10
Company Name: 
Ted LeRoy Trucking
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A log loader operator was hoe chucking above the road on a 30-40% slope. When the operator swung down towards the road the seat base broke and the operator fell towards the front window. The operator was wearing his seat belt and the safety straps holding the seat to the cab floor prevented the operator from being tossed into the front window.

The seat base was inspected by a mechanic and deemed to have had preexisting cracks. The seat base has now been fixed and updated with a stronger one. The operator only suffered minor soreness to his back but this incident could have resulted in more severe injuries.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. Ensure ALL equipment operators inspect their seats and seat bases for cracks.
  2. Ensure safety straps from the seat to the cab floor are in place and secure. This also re-enforces the importance of seat belt use while operating equipment.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

Jim Vaux or Shawn Munson
Ted LeRoy Trucking
Chemainus, BC
250-246-2880

File attachments
2008-03-10 Seat Broke Loose in Loader.pdf
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