Mechanical Harvesting

Location: 
Mission
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2008-03-01
Company Name: 
District of Mission Forestry
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A forestry worker was walking in the landing to process wood when he entered the landing a little too soon and the excavator operator was not aware he was there. The excavator operator started to move and almost bumped or drove into the landing worker. As the landing worker jumped up and away from the excavator, he stumbled. There was no injury to the landing worker, although he could have either been run over, or sprained or fractured something by moving rapidly to a safe position.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Complacency and familiarity can make you too comfortable around equipment and co-workers and could compromise your safety. Be aware and be alert at all times.

Sometimes it is difficult to see through the plexi-glass and cage to know if visual contact with the equipment operator has been adequately made. Do NOT enter worksite until you have the operator’s attention via the horn signal.

Signs will be made and posted at the landing, stating that the equipment operator must signal via the horn (or airhorn) before anyone can proceed into the active worksite.
SOP will be amended to further define how to ensure you have the operator’s attention (via horn).

File attachments
2008-03-01 Too Close to Excavator.pdf
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