Hooktender struck by chaser's saw

Safety Alert Type: 
Henderson Lake (SW of Port Alberni)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products Inc.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Chaser was bucking a log on the low side edge of a road. At the same time, the Hooktender walked up and stood behind the Chaser. When the Chaser completed his cut he turned and the saw struck the Hooktender in the stomach.

(See photos in the attached pdf)

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Learnings & Suggestions:

  • Never approach anyone operating a power saw without first gaining their attention
  • Stay well clear of Buckers as they are cutting and wait for a signal to indicate you are clear to approach
  • Anyone operating a powersaw should be aware of the location of other personnel in the area prior to cutting
  • In this case the Circle of Danger expands to include the length of the log; the log could move when bucked


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Wade Cooper (250) 731-5569 or Chris McAllister: (250) 203-0613

File attachments
WFP-Hooktender cut by Chaser's saw.pdf
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