Close Call: Horseplay creates an overhead hazard

Safety Alert Type: 
Other
Location: 
Stump Lake (south of Kamloops, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-10-17
Company Name: 
Interfor (Adams Lake Lumber Division)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

During active skidder disk trenching a supervisor noticed a large truck tire hanging about 10 metres up on a branch stub of a Douglas Fir leave tree. The tree was located within the net area to be reforested and 2 metres from the running surface of an in-block road (see photos in attached pdf).

An overhead hazard was created by an equipment operator prior to site preparation. Machines capable of reaching this height would be an excavator or a loader.

This is a form of “horseplay” that may have seemed fun and harmless at the time. The operator who put the tire in the tree did not consider the hazard created for those unprotected by the cab of a machine, such as tree planters and surveyors.

Workers Compensation Act Section 116 2c states that a worker must “not engage in horseplay or similar conduct that may endanger the worker or any other person.”

An excavator was used to remove the tire.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Inform operators to consider and prevent safety hazards to the workers involved in the next phases of forestry activities.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Lana Kurz, RPF - Interfor (Adams Lake Lumber Division) 250-679-6838

File attachments
Close Call: Horseplay creates an overhead hazard.pdf
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