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Safety Alert Type: 
Holberg Forest Operation
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A Madill 075 Super Snorkel was being lowbedded to the shop, the machine and snorkel pointed to the rear. The snorkel was rigged with one forty foot (40’) section. An alternate driver was used as the regular driver was unavailable. While traveling to the shop the lowbed encountered a private vehicle in need of assistance, delaying the move into darkness. The driver and Supervisor discussed the move to the shop area during the delay and decided to proceed to the rear of the shop because of darkness/visibility issues, width of the machine (outriggers down) and power lines that paralleled the road in front of the shop.

The lowbed crossed the bridge approaching the shop and then turned left to proceed to the rear. During the turn, the snorkel swung in a wide arc from centerline and the end came into contact with a 25 KV power line. There were no injuries.

Upset Conditions:

  • There was no visibility due to darkness while the lowbed entered the shop yard with the Super Snorkel.
  • The lowbed driver and Supervisor were unaware of the correct shop yard entry procedures.


Learnings and Suggestions: 
  1. Formalize lowbedding procedures for entry into shop yards and around power lines
  2. Ensure all required signage is accurate and clearly displayed around power lines.
  3. Ensure relevant workers are aware of and trained in Electrical Safe Work Procedures.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Vince Devlin 250-956-5318 or vdevlin@westernforest.com

File attachments
2008-02-18 Snorkel Makes Contact With Power line.pdf
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