Communications between operators and maintenance staff crucial to avoiding accidents and injuries

Safety Alert Type: 
Chetwynd, BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Young’s Mills (1980) Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

After a recent incident in which a worker had his foot badly bruised due to lack of communication and situational awareness, the Occupational Health and Safety Committee implemented a bulletin and changes in the safety procedures for mechanics and machine operators, which should prevent a similar incident from occurring again.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1. ALWAYS de-energize when possible.

2. Both operator and mechanic must feel confident in the repairs being done, and that they can be completed in a safe manner.

3. Prior to any work being performed, it is imperative that both mechanic and operator are knowledgeable of the hand signals that will be used if the machine is running and energized.

4. If at all possible keep machine in “low idle”.

5. If repairs are being done that require the machine to be operational, ensure that machine is NOT set to automatic throttle.

6. If either the mechanic or operators are not confident in the situation while working on an energized piece of equipment, ALWAYS use your right to refuse work you deem unsafe and an alternate solution can be established.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information contact: Kathie Young, Safety Coordinator Young’s Mills (1980) Ltd., Chetwynd, BC (250) 788-2846

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