Loaded limb causes kick back; Faller suffers cuts

Nootka Island (near Tofino, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Fedje and Gunderson Contractors Limited
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

An experienced faller was limbing a larger hemlock log. When he cut one particular limb off, it fell away from him into the remaining limbs. This caused the limb to become loaded up with pressure.

The faller then stepped forward to re-cut this limb. He had his left hand on the handlebar of the saw and his right hand on the pistol grip. He proceeded to re-cut the limb with the back of the bar.

As the branch was cut through, the pressure was released causing the tip of the chainsaw to kick back and strike the faller’s left foot. The faller suffered lacerations to two toes.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Anticipate the actions of loaded and bound limbs

• Assess loaded limbs and look for the safest means of removal

• Anticipate the possibility of kick back and ensure your body position is not in the bight

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact: Fedje & Gunderson Contractors Ltd. (250) 830-2292

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