Flying bark can be a hazard to self-loading truck operator

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
Campbell River
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-06-19
Company Name: 
Fearless Log Salvage Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Self-loader was lifting a heavy log over a bunk lay. The operator was using the second heel rack (opposite side of boom) to get better leverage.

A piece of bark approximately 1 foot by 2 foot (30X60 cm.) tore away from the log and struck the operators hand. The impact pinched his index finger against the control lever resulting in cut.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Continually assess the potential for loose bark hazards, particularly when sap is running and bark is easier to dislodge.
  • Look for options such as sliding the log over the load rather than increasing the hazard by bringing it in close to the operator.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Ken Fear, Fearless Log Salvage Ltd. 250-286-6630

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