Close Call: Contract buckerman pinched between logs

Port Alberni Forest Operation
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Western Forest Products Inc.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

The loader operator had first laid out a skid log (24”) then placed a large cedar, followed by the hemlock log on the skid. Both logs had broken tops to be bucked (see photos in the attached pdf).

The buckerman proceeded to buck the top off of the cedar log and then he walked between the two logs. With the cedar on his back side, he bucked the top off of the hemlock. As the hemlock dropped to the ground, the weight of the long butt hitting the ground caused the cedar to roll towards him, pinching him between the two logs. The loader operator had to move the cedar to free the bucker.

There were no details as to the extent of the injuries he sustained - if any.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Assess work areas for potential hazards on a consistent basis
  • If a potential exists for a log to roll while working in an area, have a loader assist to remove hazard to create a safe work area
  • If loader operator notices bucker in a potentially dangerous situation, he needs to intervene and make sure the work area is safe before the bucker proceeds
  • Loader operator directly affects the safety of the bucker when laying out logs to be bucked. This should be done with safety in mind at all times.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact: Mark Bryson, Production Supervisor (250) 720-4228

File attachments
Close Call: Contract buckerman pinched between logs.pdf
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