Mechanical Harvesting

Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Copcan Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A skidder operator was turning left, on an 18% slope, when his load of logs shifted as the left rear tire of the skidder went on an 8” high by 14” wide stump. The combination of weight shifting and increased skidder angle to approximately 25% (left rear wheel rising on to the stump) caused the skidder to roll. The skidder operator had found himself confined for room in the landing approach. A high stump (approximately 32’ high) forced the operator to swing turn wide to the left on route down the hill, to enable himself piling and turning space for the logs.

No injuries were sustained by the operator and there was no damage to the Skidder. Operator was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the incident.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Ensure that the landing is clear so Skidder approach is straight up and down the slope.
  • Stumps should be cut 12” or as low as possible so the turn does not bind up on high stumps – if they are not operator should call for bucker to recut stump.
  • Steep slope procedure needs to be developed for each site.
  • If an operator has any concerns he needs to communicate these to his supervisor.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Copcan Contracting Ltd.
(250) 754-7260

File attachments
2008-05-15 Mechanical Harvester Rolled.pdf
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